Gilded Age Politics Were Terrible

And not at all like today's.

Politics during the time of the Bellacourts were corrupt and morally repugnant, filled with leaders who were as selfish as they were clueless. Weird, we know. Let’s see how far we’ve come since the days of greed and excess in the early 1900s.

  • RAMPANT NEPOTISM

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    Sneakily trying to get political offices for your family members might seem unusual today, but there was once a time when it was commonplace. Note how Commodore Bellacourt attempts to secure the vice presidency for his son, Frederick, despite Frederick’s obvious deficiencies in knowledge, experience and temperament. Thank goodness for the progress we’ve made since then.

  • SHAMELESS PHOTO OPS

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    This may come as a surprise, but there was once a time in America when powerful people only cared about self-aggrandizement. In those days, making a political statement was about cultivating your fame rather than asserting your beliefs. Appalling, right?

  • SEXUAL DOUBLE STANDARDS

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    At one point in American history, women weren’t afforded the same sexual freedom as men. We understand if you need to take a moment to process this.

  • ALL-ENCOMPASING IGNORANCE

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    Do not adjust your screen: During the early 1900s, not only were senators not democratically elected, but some were unaware of what a lawmaker’s job even entailed. Mercifully, we’ve now entered an era in which legislators are all benevolent and knowledgeable. Their single-minded pursuit of their constituents’ best interests is a wonder to behold.