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At the end of the ninetieth century and at the beginning of the twentieth century two major issues urbanization and immigration influenced America These 2 grew significantly during this era where America was becoming a world leader During the Gilded Age urbanization and immigration impacted the economic social cultural and political structures of the United States Since the beginning of the Gilded Age urbanization and immigration had affected American politics Political machines grew with the rise of immigration and they thrived off the unskilled cheap worker Machines like Tammany Hall were filled with corruption because of politicians like Boss Tweed and the Tweed ring The Tweed Ring bribed new immigrants with liquor and money for votes It also encouraged judicial corruption and controlled New York politics The political cartoon in Document E illustrates how the new immigrants were shackled to political machines like Tammany When the immigrants arrived in America political machines would bribe them with money for their votes To the immigrant the political machine seemed helpful but the machines were actually what were keeping the new immigrant a low paid worker The New Slavery that was forming in America is shown in Document E The immigrants would become attached to the political machine then be forced to work hard f or low wages and still have to vote for their political machine Many of the politicians at these political machines felt that what they were doing wasnt corrupt George Plunkitt the ward boss at Tammany Hall wasnt as dishonest as Boss Tweed he still didnt make his money in a completely truthful way Document R displays Plunkitts opinion about what he called honest graft Plunkitt explained how he made his fortune in one sentence I seen my opportunities and took em He would hear rumors about plan to develop certain properties go buy the properties and then sell them back for more than they were actually worth
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