Chapter 23 Identities - Seward’s Folly ‘Seward’s...

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Seward’s Folly ‘Seward’s Folly’ was the nickname coined for the Alaska territory that was acquired by the United States Government from the Russian government for 7.2 million by US Secretary of State William Seward. Many saw the acquisition of the territory to be a ridiculous expenditure of government funds, until the Yukon Gold Rush and the discovery of oil reserves would make Alaska profitable. Plessy v. Ferguson Plessy v. Ferguson was a 1896 US Supreme Court decision under Chief Justice Melville Fuller that installed the system of segregation in the American South. It famously called separate institutions for white and colored people “separate but equal.” Tweed Ring The Tweed Ring was run by William “Boss” Tweed, who used his senatorial position to embezzle up to $200 million from New York City. Tweed used illegal tactics to secure his embezzled funds, but he was eventually was jailed, where he died alone and unwanted. Credit Mobilier Scandal The Credit Mobilier Company was formed by insiders of the Pacific Union Railroad Company to hire themselves to build railroad at an egregiously inflated rate, earning said insiders vast quantities of money in 1872. These insiders would pay off members of Congress
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  • Fall '18
  • Paul Wood
  • Plessy v. Ferguson, Rutherford B. Hayes, Chester A. Arthur, James A. Garfield, William ``Boss'' Tweed

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