Right at the end of Benjamin Harrison’s term, the US entered yet another economic depression. The Panic of 1893 sent American life into a tailspin, deepening the monetary debate. Free Silver threatened to tear apart both parties. Could gold supporters hold out?
Don’t worry, you didn’t click the wrong post! In 1892, Grover Cleveland was back for revenge against the man who dethroned him. But the real action was in the People's Party, whose army of farmers aimed to disrupt the status quo!
The Half-Breed reformers in the Republican Party had another win with the election of President James A. Garfield. He was ready to finish the job President Hayes started on civil service reform. But Stalwarts like Vice President Chester A. Arthur were intent on maintaining the morally questionable Spoils System. Meanwhile, the Democrats were preparing to make their case as the true party of integrity.