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1 Developing the West Republican Vision in the Post-Civil War Era

2 Goals of the Vision  Make America a world-class economy  Prevent or limit economic fluctuations  Enhance the benefits of capitalism

3 Nationalizing the Economy  Railroads  Farming  Trade  Tourism  communication  Gov’t Partnerships  RR  telegraph

4 Protecting American Industry  Tariffs  Republican View  Democratic View  Effects: corporate expansion; monopolies

5 Currency Debates Gold Standard  International  Europe & gold  “Crime of 1873”  Limit of U.S. Money supply  U.S. needed Euro investors Silverites  Bimetalism  Bland-Allison Act  Comstock Lode  Democrats

6 Democrats in Election of 1876: after Resumption of Specie

7 International Trade and Diplomacy  Initial relations w/Britain..Canada?  Euro investment  William Seward  Burlingame Treaty  Purchase AK  U.S. in Hawaii  Japan  Latin America and Mex. (livestock trade)

8 To what extent were Republicans successful?  The national vision was realized, but at the expense of the individual.  Eugene Debs: “If the year 1892 taught the workingman any lesson worthy of heed, it was that the capitalist class, like a devilfish, had grasped them with his tentacles and was dragging them down to unfathomable depths-”


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