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  • Ulysses S. Grant was a moral man who campaigned on a promise to bring peace to the war-torn country. But his presidency was plagued by scandals involving some of his closest associates, including his first vice president, Schuyler Colfax.
  • Railroad lines grew at an astonishing pace after the Civil War, aided by Congress, which gave vast tracts of land and generous construction contracts to the railroad companies. In some cases, congressmen owned stock in the very companies they were helping.
  • The Union Pacific railroad company created a spinoff company, called Crédit Mobilier, to build the transcontinental railroad and overcharge the U...

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