It was a time of corruption in the United States...
These presidents included Ulysses S. Grant, Rutherford Hayes, James Garfield, Chester Arthur, Benjamin Harisson, and Grover Cleveland.
Many of the presidents of the time, dubbed "the forgotten presidents," had administrations that were drenched in corruption.
His wealth grew from his work, and it gave him far more power than a politician in the US should have.
"Boss" Tweed took control of Tammany Hall, creating a political machine within New York.
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The efforts of the US Constitution turned null and void, and the power of black suffrage was severely handicapped in this time, due to the power of the states when it came to determining if one could or couldn't vote.
Discrimination continued with the mistreatemnt of the Chinese in western areas such as California, as the competition for jobs between Chinese and Irish Americans became more and more apparent.
The struggles produced within the Gilded Age seemed to show that the US was regressing, sliding back into past habits that had been developed prior to Reconstruction.