The Gilded Age. Mark Twain elegantly stated…. “Get rich; dishonestly if we can, honestly if we must.”. Corruption in Politics vocabulary. Political machines – powerful organizations that influenced city and county politics in the late 1800’s. Exchanged money and jobs for working-class votes
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“Get rich; dishonestly if we can, honestly if we must.”
“[He] rewards the loyal, punishes the mutinous [disloyal]… [and] negotiates treaties. He generally avoids publicity… and is all the more dangerous because he sits, like a spider, hidden in the midst of his web.”