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Maira Osorio1/6/18 FBI History Essay There is currently an organization in America that monitors all of america and upholds the law. They aren't part of the police, CIA, and they don't even answer to the president. This is the Federal Bureau of Investigations or FBI for short. The FBI has been around since 1908 but very few know what they do and even few know why they were created. The FBI wasn’t created to spy on Americans and instil a new world order like some may insist but rather to bring order to an action that was ravaged by lawlessness. In 1908, America was bigger than it ever had been. The nation stretched from Maine in the east to California in the west with all but two landlocked states yet to enter the Union. America’s growth was not just in territory however. There were hundreds of cities with a population of over fifty-thousand people. These cities were not isolated like may have been in previous history but were rather interconnected by railroads and telegraphs that criss-crossed the entire nation. Roads were becoming an important part of traveling and 1908 was the same year the Ford Model T was released, making a new mode of transportation available for the average worker. This unprecedented growth did not come without growing pains however. There was growing crime rates that seemed to coincide with the growing populations. Major gangsters that have become part of American folklore such as Baby Face Nelson and Al Capone would come out of these crime ridden metropolises. There was also a growing political faction known as the anarchists. These anarchists wanted to takedown the entire government and give all power to the individual. This meant no laws or politicians. They were prone to using terrorism to spread their beliefs and push their agenda forward The corruption was not just in the streets but also in the government. Local governments were still held major power within the nation. They handpicked the police force and, due to there being very few federal laws, they decided what constitutes a crime and how it should be punished. These may have been fine powers given to a representativegroup of individuals but political machines such as Tammany Hall used strong arm methods to force citizens to vote for their favored politician or political. Amongst all this chaos, the Federal Government had no arm to uphold law and order across the nation. As stated previously, there were very few federal laws and as such, it was up tolocal governments to uphold law. This would begin to change when a major tragedy struck in 1901. Leon Czolgosz was a 28 year old Polish American born in Michigan. He had been influenced by anarchist writings and decided to take action into his own hands. On September 6, Czolgosz went to the exposition armed with a concealed .32 caliber Iver Johnson "Safety Automatic" revolver he had purchased four days earlier for $4.50. He approached McKinley, who had been standing in a receiving line inside the Temple of Music, greeting the public for ten minutes. At 4:07 P.M., Czolgosz reached the front of the line. McKinley extended his hand.

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