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Gilded Age

U.S. History

TermDefinition
Poll Tax a tax levied on every adult, without reference to income or resources
Literacy Test test that determines the qualification of a voter based on their ability to read and write, also used to deny African Americans the right to vote
Grandfather Clause southern states, permitting whites to vote and disenfranchising blacks, the descendants of those voting before 1867 were permitted to vote without having to meet certain stringent conditions
Spoils System appointing applicants to public offices as a reward for their loyalty to the political party in power
Civil Service the permanent professional branches of a government's administration, excluding military and judicial branches and elected politicians
Gold Standard the system by which the value of a currency was defined in terms of gold, for which the currency could be exchanged
Populist Party by farmers in the South and Midwest against the Democratic and Republican Parties for ignoring their interests and difficulties
Las Gorras Blancas was a group active in the New Mexico Territory and American Southwest in the late 1880s and early 1890s, in response to Anglo-American squatters
Created by: lillygalvez