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Instructor Overview

By the end of this section, you will be able to:

  • Explain the difference between the spoils system and civil service, and discuss the importance of this issue in the period from 1872 to 1896
  • Recognize the ways in which the issue of tariffs impacted different sectors of the economy in late nineteenth-century America
  • Explain why Americans were split on the issue of a national gold standard versus free coinage of silver
  • Explain why political patronage was a key issue for political parties in the late nineteenth century