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Introduction

  • Max J. Skidmore
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Part of the The Evolving American Presidency book series (EAP)

Abstract

The reputation of the “Gilded Age,” the years from the end of the Civil War to the century’s end, is dismal. The stereotypes are wrong. Recent work demonstrates that they misrepresent Reconstruction and exaggerate corruption while maligning the period’s presidents (especially Grant), most of whom were strong and able leaders (including Grant). The misinformation began early, coming from reformers who resented leaders who did not recognize their superior wisdom, from former Confederates with axes to grind, and from misreading the works of Woodrow Wilson and Lord Bryce. Theses such as the “modern presidency” and “rhetorical presidency” contributed, making too many scholars too quick to assume that there was a sharp divergence between recent presidents and their predecessors, or that earlier presidents avoided political rhetoric.

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Late Nineteenth Century Republican Party Political Rhetoric American President Individual President 
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  • Max J. Skidmore
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  1. 1.The University of MissouriUSA

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