Economic depression dominated the 1890s and reshaped political alignments and attitudes.Americans fascinated by politics
during the Glided Age were most Americans saw it as a form of enterainment. The Wabash decision stated that only the federal
government could regulate intrastate trade. The Sherman Antitrust Act was vague and at the mercy of the Courts. The case United
States v. E. C. Knight narrowed the definition of trusts and monopolies. The major objective of the Alliance Movement was
to organize and politicize the American farmer. William McKinley was elected president in 1896. The major issue of the election
of 1896 was currency.