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Author Beatty, Jack.

Title Age of betrayal : the triumph of money in America, 1865-1900 / Jack Beatty.

Imprint New York : Alfred A. Knopf, c2007.


Location Call No. Status
 GDL Central Library Non-Fiction    973.8 BEA    Available
 GDL Montrose Library Non-Fiction    973.8 BEA    Available
 PAS Central Library Non-Fiction, 1st Floor    973.8 BEA    Available
Edition 1st ed.
Description xvii, 483 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (p. 395-463) and index.
Contents Annihilating space -- Rome of the railroads -- "Vote yourself a tariff" -- "Vote yourself a farm" -- The inverted Constitution -- The scandal of Santa Clara -- Anti-democracy -- Tom Scott, political capitalist -- Bread or blood -- The politics of the future -- Revolution from above -- Mississippi and the American way.
Summary 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.
Subject Political corruption -- United States -- History -- 19th century.
Democracy -- United States -- History -- 19th century.
Capitalism -- Social aspects -- United States -- History -- 19th century.
United States -- Politics and government -- 1865-1900.
United States -- Economic conditions -- 1865-1918.
United States -- Social conditions -- 1865-1918.
ISBN 9781400040285 (alk. paper)
1400040280 (alk. paper)

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