Gilded Age Politics

Dennis Salgado

Pendleton Service Act

The Civil Service Act sought to curb government corruption by requiring applicants for certain governmental jobs to take a competitive examination.

The Political Crisis of the 1890s

Disputes broke out over labor relations, currency, tariffs, and railroads. The most momentous political conflict of the late 19th century was the farmers' revolt. Many farmers blamed railroad owners, land monopolists, mortgage companies, merchants, bankers, and manufacturers of farm equipment for their trouble. Farmers responded by organizing Granges, Farmers' Alliances, and the Populist Party.

Succesful Monopolists

Which President died during the Gilded Age?

James A. Garfield

Charles Guiteau assassinated Garfield in Washington. Congress therefore passed the Pendleton Act in 1883, which created the Civil Service Commission.