From Bloody Shirt to Full Dinner Pail by Charles W. Calhoun
The Transformation of Politics and Governance in the Gilded Age

No critic rating

Waiting for minimum critic reviews

See 3 Critic Reviews

unrated

Synopsis

In the wake of civil war, American politics were racially charged and intensely sectionalist, with politicians waving the proverbial bloody shirt and encouraging their constituents, as Republicans did in 1868, to “vote as you shot.” By the close of the century, however, burgeoning industrial development and the roller-coaster economy of the post-war decades had shifted the agenda to pocketbook concerns—the tariff, monetary policy, business regulation. In From Bloody Shirt to Full Dinner-Pail, the historian Charles W. Calhoun provides a brief, elegant overview of the transformation in national governance and its concerns in the Gilded Age. Sweeping from the election of Grant to the death of McKinley in 1901, this narrative history broadly sketches the intense and divided political universe of the period, as well as the colorful characters who inhabited it: the enigmatic and tragic Ulysses S. Grant; the flawed visionary James G. Blaine, at once the Plumed Knight and the Tattooed Man of American politics; Samuel J. “Slick Sammy” Tilden; the self-absorbed, self-righteous, and ultimately self-destructive Grover Cleveland; William Jennings Bryan, boy orator and godly tribune; and the genial but crafty William McKinley, who forged a national majority and launched the nation onto the world stage. From Bloody Shirt to Full Dinner-Pail also considers how the changes at the close of the nineteenth century opened the way for the transformations of the Progressive Era and the twentieth century.
 

About Charles W. Calhoun

See more books from this Author
Charles W. Calhoun is the Thomas Harriot College Distinguished Professor of History at East Carolina University. He is the author of, most recently, Benjamin Harrison, in Holt's American Presidents series.
 
Published August 3, 2010 by Hill and Wang. 224 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

Unrated Critic Reviews for From Bloody Shirt to Full Dinner Pail

Kirkus Reviews

See more reviews from this publication

The author’s inviting prose and steely knowledge of his subject remind us that the political compromises and executive decisions forged during the latter half of the 19th century have come to define the most central tenets of modern American politics.

| Read Full Review of From Bloody Shirt to Full Din...

Publishers Weekly

See more reviews from this publication

The politics of the late 19th century, or the Gilded Age, is the subject of this short history, and the author hopes to draw parallels between then and now.

Oct 18 2010 | Read Full Review of From Bloody Shirt to Full Din...

Bookmarks Magazine

In the wake of civil war, American politics were racially charged and intensely sectionalist, with politicians waving the proverbial bloody shirt and encouraging their constituents, as Republicans did in 1868, to “vote as you shot.” By the close of the century, however, burgeoning ...

Sep 06 2010 | Read Full Review of From Bloody Shirt to Full Din...

Rate this book!

Add Review
×