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March 15, 2015 by Lorene

Congressional investigations became common during the Civil War. Lincoln was investigated over his handling of the war. The gold rush was investigated, as well as the KKK. New York City Mayor Tweed was investigated, tried and found guilty of corruption. The construction of the Pacific Railroad appeared to be shady. Those involved denied wrongdoing until their wrongdoing was proven, but nobody was convicted of anything. “It strengthened suspicion among many Americans that government had become a racquet.”

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