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The tariff question in the Gilded Age : the great debate of 1888

Author: Joanne R Reitano
Publisher: University Park, Pa. : Pennsylvania State University Press, ©1994.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Protective tariffs were part of American life long before the era of NAFTA and GATT. In the late nineteenth century, the "tariff question" was one of the most controversial issues of the day. As Joanne Reitano shows in this far-reaching study, the ensuing debate was anything but an empty exercise in political rhetoric occupying only politicians and lobbyists. The tariff was of central concern to a broad cross  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Joanne R Reitano
OCLC Number: 1151317781
Notes: Spine title: The tariff question.
Description: 1 online resource (xxiii, 190 pages : illustrations)
Contents: Introduction: The Tariff Question --
1. The Spirit of 1888: Cleveland Defines the Issues --
2. The Great Tariff Debate: What Is a Just Economy? --
3. Taxation and the State: Free Trade or Protection? --
4. Trusts and the Labor Question --
5. Sectional and National Questions: Closing the Debate --
6. Presidential Politics and the Tariff Question --
7. The Tariff Question persists --
Appendix: The Tariff Question Caricatured.
Other Titles: Tariff question
Responsibility: Joanne Reitano.

Abstract:

Protective tariffs were part of American life long before the era of NAFTA and GATT. In the late nineteenth century, the "tariff question" was one of the most controversial issues of the day. As Joanne Reitano shows in this far-reaching study, the ensuing debate was anything but an empty exercise in political rhetoric occupying only politicians and lobbyists. The tariff was of central concern to a broad cross section of people because of its perceived relationship to immediate economic problems, such as wages, prices, and trusts. In fact, it became a means for many Americans to wrestle with the implications of the country's rapid growth and the impact of industrial capitalism on American life. Reitano focuses on the election year of 1888, when the tariff was adopted as a cause celebre by President Grover Cleveland, Congress, the two major parties, and the press. At the heart of the debate was the Mills Bill for tariff reduction. Although the bill failed to pass, Reitano finds in the rancorous public debate a barometer of changes in the American mind in the Gilded Age. She carefully blends intellectual, political, economic, and social issues through analyses of the Congressional Record, press coverage of the debate, academic and polemical literature, political cartoons, and the presidential campaign. Ultimately, Reitano contends that ideas about political economy have always been central to the American mind. They were so in the Gilded Age as they are today.

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