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Age of betrayal : the triumph of money in America, 1865-1900

Author: Jack Beatty
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2007.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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A fresh look at the Gilded Age, when an oligarchy of wealth triumphed over democracy. At the end of the Civil War, with the rebellion put down and slavery ended, America belonged to Lincoln's "plain people." But "government of the people" and economic democracy were betrayed by political parties that fanned memories of the war to distract Americans from government of the corporation. Jay Gould, the "Mephisto of Wall  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Beatty, Jack.
Age of betrayal.
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2007
(OCoLC)608199711
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Jack Beatty
ISBN: 9781400040285 1400040280
OCLC Number: 71812875
Description: xvii, 483 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Introduction --
1. Annihilating space --
2. Rome of the railroads --
3. "Vote yourself a tariff" --
4. "Vote yourself a farm" --
5. The inverted Constitution --
6. The scandal of Santa Clara --
7. Anti-democracy --
8. Tom Scott, political capitalist --
9. Bread or blood --
10. The politics of the future --
11. Revolution from above --
12. Mississippi and the American way --
Retrospect --
Acknowledgments --
Notes --
Index.
Responsibility: Jack Beatty.
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A fresh look at the Gilded Age, when an oligarchy of wealth triumphed over democracy. At the end of the Civil War, with the rebellion put down and slavery ended, America belonged to Lincoln's "plain people." But "government of the people" and economic democracy were betrayed by political parties that fanned memories of the war to distract Americans from government of the corporation. Jay Gould, the "Mephisto of Wall Street," never runs for office, but he rules. A depression brought on by railroad speculation throws millions out of work, the hungry riot for bread in Buffalo, the homeless sleep on Chicago's streets, strikers are shot, and the nation's presidents avert their eyes. God instructs President McKinley to invade Cuba and seize the Philippines from Spain; turning from liberators to occupiers, U.S. troops slaughter and starve the (Roman Catholic) Filipinos in the name of "Christianizing" them.--From publisher description.

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