Age of Betrayal

Age of Betrayal

The Triumph of Money in America, 1865-1900

Book - 2007
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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.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2007
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781400040285
1400040280
Branch Call Number: 973.8 B3809a 2007
Characteristics: xvii, 483 p. : ill. ; 25 cm

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