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Chapter 24: Politics in the Gilded Age, 1869-1889
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- a temporary alliance of political factions or partiers for some specific purpose. "The Republicans now freed from the Union party coalition of war days, enthusiastically nominated Grant..."
- to gain exclusive control of a commodity in order to fix its price. "The crafty pair concocted a plot in 1869
- deviating from the norm; peculiar, unconventional. "...the eccentric editor had long blasted them as traitors..."
- a general pardon for offenses or crimes against a government. "The Republican Congress IN 1872 passed a general amnesty act...."
- scarce money with high purchase value. "... 'Hard money' people everywhere looked forward to the complete disappearance of greenbacks."
- money adequately backed by capital assets or reserves. "Grant's name continued to be associated with sound money...."
- in finance, reducing the available supply of money, thus tending to raise interest rates and lower prices. "Coupled with the reduction of greenbacks, this policy was called 'contraction."
- plentiful or inflated money. "Soft money advocates continued to clamor for the unlimited coinage of all silver mined...."
- a society of men drawn together for social purposes and sometimes to pursue other common goals. "....the Grand Army of the Republic was a politically potent fraternal organization of several hundred thousand Union veterans of the Civil War."
- common or unanimous opinion. "How can this apparent paradox of political consensus and partisan fervor be explained?"
- the return of a portion of the money received in a sale or contract, often secretly or illegally, in exchange for favors. "The lifeblood of both parties was patronage-disbursing jobs by the bucketful in return for cotes, kickbacks and party service."
- a portion of the profits of a corporation distributed to owners of a company's stock. "...Garfield's alleged receipt of $329 in stock dividends in the Credit Mobilier scandal."
- political influence or special advantage. "it established a merit system of making appointment to office on the basis of aptitude rather than a 'pull.'"
- the doctrine of noninterference, especially by the government, in matters of economics or business. "The new president was a staunch apostle of the hands off creed of laissez-faire..."
- in American politics, government appropriations for political purposes, especially projects designed to please legislators lock constituency. "One way to reduce the surplus was to squander it on pensions and 'pork-barrel' bills..."
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