Billion Dollar Congress Research Paper

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Billion Dollar Congress (1889)- The Billion Dollar Congress was put on the third level of good because it provided impactful social reforms, but it became interested in the increasing revenues and protecting the Republican industrialist, which led them to favor the upper class on certain circumstances.The fifty-first congress received its nickname from being the first to pass a billion dollar budget, made up of the United States Senate and House of Representatives. The congress provided benefits for the Civil War veterans and increased the amount of the governments purchases of silver, expanding the authority of the federal government.
McKinley Tariff (1890)- The McKinley Tariff is in the second level of bad because it gave them no option
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Pensions were given to all Civil War Union soldiers that were unable to do manual labor, due to being wounded in battle. They then extended this to not only the children of the veterans, but also noncombatants, this helped the republican party because solved the treasury surplus, justified the high tariff, and ensured the votes of the veterans.
Bill protecting African American voting rights (1890)- This is on the second level of good because it extended social reforms to African American, and made it a continuously discussed topic within congress, but didn 't drastically change African American rights. The congress was focused on discussing the racial inequalities in the southern states, especially the voting rights of the African Americans living in the south. The Billion dollar congress was one of the first to thoroughly discuss the controversial matters of race, allowing the topics discussed to start the path of race
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The underrepresentation of the lowers classes caused them to March on Washington because they were arrested and sent home, being ignored once again by the government. The increasing numbers of the unemployed caused tension between social classes, one example being the march to Washington, led by Jacob Coxey, an American politician from Ohio. They crowd demanded the federal government to pay 500 million dollars to fund public works programs to create jobs, ending with the protest leaders being arrested, and the crowd being sent home.
Wilson-Gorman Tariff (1894)- The Wilson-Gorman tariff is on the first level of good because the government finally recognized the lower class struggle, and provided financial help to those in debt. The Wilson-Gorman Tariff was a response to the government borrowing 65 million dollars from J.P. Morgan, in order to stop the “gold drain”, after Cleveland removed the Sherman Silver Purchase, which the people interpreted as the government favoring rich eastern bankers. The Wilson-Gorman Tariff moderately decreased the rates of the tariffs and included a two percent tax on those who made an income around 2,000
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