immigration and urbaization of Gilded Age

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 wasn't corrupt. George Plunkitt, the ward boss at Tammany Hall, wasn't as dishonest as Boss Tweed, he still didn't make his money in a completely truthful way. Document R displays Plunkitt's 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…


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