H-SHGAPE QOTW: Tariffs in the late 19thc

Chelsea Gibson's picture

Welcome to H-SHGAPE's Question of the Week!

Every other Wednesday, the list editors will ask a question about the Gilded Age and Progressive Era that we hope will provoke lively discussion. We encourage you to share your thoughts by typing in the "Post a Reply" box below the original post, or, if you're getting this by email, by clicking on the "Read More or Reply" link.

This week's question:

Vox published an article today about the 1888 tariff debate that President Trump mentioned in his recent CPAC speech. If you study this time period, can renewed attention to Gilded-age economic policies help guide our current economic debates? What lessons do you draw from the 1888 tariff debate and the subsequent McKinley Tariff Act that was passed two years later?    

If you'd like to submit a question to be asked in a future week, please contact the H-SHGAPE Editor-In-Chief, Chelsea Gibson, at cgibson2@binghamton.edu