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Graft and Corruption: Politics in the Gilded Age

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US History Graft , Corruption, and Politics Immigration Restrictions The Rise of Nativism ? Melting pot?in U.S. people blend by abandoning native culture - immigrants don?t want to give up cultural identity ? Nativism?overt favoritism toward native-born Americans ? Nativists believe Anglo-Saxons superior to other ethnic groups ? Some object to immigrants? religion: many are Catholics, Jews ? 1897, Congress passes literacy bill for immigrants; Cleveland vetoes - 1917, similar bill passes over Wilson?s veto I Forgot To Mention? Elections were always close Power switched between Republicans & Democrats 1877 to 1897: Only twice did either party control both White House & Congress (lasted two years) Politics During Gilded Age Characterized By:

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