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Anonymous asked in Arts & HumanitiesHistory · 1 decade ago

What was the impact of political corruption during the gilded age??

How did it affect the people??

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in what ways did it do more good than harm??

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Political corruption during the Gilded Age (about the 1890s) usually refers to the political bosses and their party "machines." Politicians in this era bought votes by providing services to the people in their districts. For instance, they would meet new immigrants off the boats, and help them find places to live. In return they expected votes.

    George Washington Plunkitt was part of the Tammany Hall machine. He believed in "honest graft" and "dishonest graft." Honest graft was when he bought a parcel of land he knew the city was going to buy for a project, and then sell it to them at a huge profit. Dishonest graft was buying a parcel of land and then trying to get the city to use it for a project, and then sell it.

    The positive side of all this was that a politician remained very close to his constituency; also, social services such as emergency loans were provided locally and without recourse to government agencies. But it was vote-buying.

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