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The preceding decades were years in which farming remained important, with farm production doubling between 1870 and 1900. But the output of the manufacturing sector—the nation’s mines, mills, factories, and other industrial plants—grew six fold during those same decades. The American people experienced more change in one or two generations than their ancestors had in one or two centuries. The United States of 1900 was a highly mechanized nation, which ran on clocks and schedules, its production levels set by mass production and mass consumerism.

They also made a practice of telling voters that the Democrats represented the party of secession and the Confederacy, since most Southerners belonged to that political party. This tactic was called “waving the bloody shirt,” and it was used in elections for decades following the Civil War. indd 56 12/10/09 10:15:36 Gilded Age Politics 57 themselves to their great martyred leader, President Abraham Lincoln. Lincoln became the great symbol of honest leadership and sacrificial service to his country, and Republicans were more than eager to capitalize on his legacy.

Importantly, with the mass production of inexpensive cigarettes, more and more smokers put away their pipes and turned to cigarettes, creating a national smoking habit where one had largely not existed before. A WHOLE STORE OF GOODS Much of the fuel behind the new expanding economy was a developing market for more manufactured goods. New means of marketing products came into practice, including the opening of mail-order businesses, following the Civil War. With railroads capable of delivering purchases almost anywhere in the country in a short time, plus low postal and freight costs, people even in remote areas of the country suddenly had a huge variety of goods available to them, inside the illustrated catalogs produced by the mail-order houses.

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