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  • 1. Gilded Age Politics

2. Terms
Graft: nounUsing political connections for personal gain, such as bribes
Spoils System: Appointingpeopletopublicjobs in return for political favors, even when theyre 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
6. 7. 8. 9. 10. Tweed Political Cartoons