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If the Gilded Age does not offer presidential giants, its presidents, from Grant through McKinley, do not suffer in comparison with those of most other similar periods in American political history. As for the Gilded Age itself, it too compares reasonably well. Many of the troubles of that age are recurring among us today, albeit perhaps in different forms. There is far more continuity with the past than many of our scholars, or certainly our sense of superiority, would lead us to believe. It thus behooves us to be aware of the details of our political history, and not to accept the conventional wisdom without first having examined it closely.
KeywordsConventional Wisdom Political History Eligible Voter Conservative Agenda Great Failure
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