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  • 1. Gilded Age Politics
  • 2. Terms
    Graft: –noun Using political connections for personal gain, such as bribes
    Spoils System: Appointing people to public jobs in return for political favors, even when they’re not qualified.  
  • 3. Pendleton Civil Service Reform Act of 1883
    President Garfield is assassinated
    Only applied to federal jobs
    Spoils system continues
  • 4. Boss Tweed
    Corrupt political leader in New York City
    Stole $200 million from New York City taxpayers ($1.5-2 billion today)
    Carpenter was paid $360,751 for one month's labor (~$5million today)
  • 5. Political Cartoons Today
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  • 10. Tweed Political Cartoons