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Gilded

Covered with a thin coating of gold

Reform

A change intended to make something better

Contract

A work agreement between at least two groups

Investigate

To look into something to solve a problem or to answer a question

Political boss

A professional politician who controls the actions of a political party

Bribe

A payment to someone to make a person act in a certain way

Mugwump

A reform group that wanted to replace the spoils system with civil service

Civil service

A system in which government employees are hired according to their qualifications

Strike

The act of stopping work to get better pay and working conditions

Strikebreaker

A worker used to replace a striking union worker

Anarchist

A person or group against all forms of government

Prosecute

To charge with a crime

Gold standard

A system in which a basic unit of currency is equal to a certain weight of gold

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