Through most of 1897, McKinley pursued an international agreement to include silver and gold as the major European currencies. Negotiations over bimetallism with England, France, Russia, and Italy failed, so William signed the Gold Standard Act; this formally placed U.S. money on gold standard. McKinley called a special session of Congress to increase the tariff. Alcohol taxes brought $114.5 million, tobacco brought $30.7 million, and stamp taxes earned $260,000. William yearned to increase the tariff income in order to reduce internal taxes and encourage the growth of industry and employment.
He put the most effort into labor than any of the other candidates. One of the biggest things Roosevelt was a part of, was the Anthracite Coal Strike. This was when miners went on strike because they were demanding greater rights and protection because the corporation 's expected them to remain cheap. The miners then wanted a 20% pay increase, so they met with Roosevelt and were very unsympathetic and refused to negotiate with the labor representatives. But in result, they ended up with a 10% pay increase.
The Tweed Ring’s existence came into light between 1866 and 1871, and it begins when William ‘The Boss’ Tweed and his company made it so that all bills to the city would be at least fifty percent fraudulent, later raised to eighty five percent. The affluence went to William ‘The Boss’ Tweed, the city financial officer, the county treasurer, and the mayor. Furthermore, twenty percent of the share would go into bribing officials and businessmen, which led to a diverse following; William ‘The Boss’ Tweed loved to keep them around, and in order to maintain this regime, he ‘provided for all’. Unfortunately, Tweed was very sufficient in keeping up this scam, by fooling even the ‘best’ people by using his silver tongue and having a controllable idiosyncrasy. Being the amazing nineteenth-century
The ascension of Theodore Roosevelt to the presidency marked a dramatic turning point in bringing meaningful reform in America because he was the first ever president to lead hands on and believed that the government should serve as an agent of reform for the people. Roosevelt abandoned his Republican counterparts’ ideals of a ‘laissez-faire’ economy and turned to helping the American people through welfare programs and minimum wage laws. Above all, Theodore Roosevelt served as a voice for the masses and implemented what they had long desired. Around 1902, exposing the evils of industries, politicians and the rich and famous was a very hot industry. Authors such as Lincoln Stephens revealed the corrupt alliance between big business and urban
The Teapot Scandal When senator Fall became secretary of the interior, in 1921, he handled the public oil reserves, which both Republican leaders and Democrats accorded for future Naval use. And, therefore, they banned their private exploitation. Nevertheless, he leased those lands; which contained the prohibited domes and reservoirs, in California and Wyoming, to the companies that repaid his favour with loans and gifts. And, though he tried to silence his steps, he and his friends failed to dodge investigation. As his proper deeds and implicated governmental officials faced publicity in 1924, moreover, in 1929, the court incriminated and sentenced him to one-year imprisonment and a monetary penalty.
On the domestic aspect, citizens were beginning a new chapter in which they did not trust the government. Stemming back to Lyndon B Johnson and the Credibility Gap of the Vietnam War, the most recent, most devastating attitude change surrounded the Watergate Scandal and the aftermath. During Nixon’s presidency, he was attempting to bug the Democratic Party headquarters located in the Watergate Hotel. While his henchmen were placing the bugs, they were caught, thus causing a huge controversy amongst Americans. Although Nixon attempted to cover up his ties to the break in, it eventually came out that he ordered it to be done.
He often opposed Hamiltons ideals and views but he did agree on a Federal Mint and a need for federal currency. As Jefferson he had several failures as President like establishing the Embargo Act on 1807 barring ships leaving ports or trading with Britain or France thinking he was protecting shippers and having the warring Napoleon and King George III realize to leave America Neutral to their war and stop pirating US ships to ships and soon resume trade again while putting 30,000 sailors out of work at bringing 103 million at its peak in exporting goods to zero when the the opposing countries had other locations they could get their resources from around the world. This Act backfired loosing two of it’s biggest trade partners and ruined his reputation as the enemy of centralized government and the champion of the common people. The biggest failure I noticed was he did not fight against slavery and continued to have slaves on his Virginia Plantation through out his lifetime even though it was DNA proven almost 200 years later he fathered children with his slave mistress Sally Hemmings rumored during his
Buchanan made the Northerners even more angry by supporting the Lecompton Constitution, which would have allowed Kansas to become a slave state, but it was voted down and Kansas became a part of the Union. The republicans then started to block most of Buchanan’s agenda, so James vetoed republican legislation. James did not want reelection in 1860. Buchanan didn 't think that states had the right to become independent, but he didn 't have any proof from the constitution to prove it. In the end, Buchanan left the whole slavery problem to be resolved by Abraham
People in the United States had been displeased with the dangerous working conditions, political corruption and social injustice of the industrial age. However, it was not until the late 19th century that the issues were finally brought up in cheap newspapers and magazines which ended up causing a great opposition. Writers directed their criticisms against the oil, beef and tobacco companies, manipulation of natural resources, food processing, and many others. The Pure Food and Drug Act of 1906 was the first of many significant consumer protection laws passed by congress in the 20th century. It was because of this Act the Food and Drug Administration was created.
Gilded Age, dating from the 1870s to 1900s, was an era, marked by an apparent freedom from slavery, economic success, and capitalism. It was called gilded Age for the same reason that it was only lined with gold. The age, in reality, was corrupt. Emma Goldman rightly unleashed the lack of freedom as she stated that the democracy that her people are subjected to is only enslavement in new forms. The workers are slaves who are exploited and so are the military men fighting wars for their country (qtd.