20 Shady Deals That Cast A Long Shadow Over Early America

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Nowadays, an American political scandal hits social media feeds within seconds of the news breaking. But we don’t know as much about the controversies that shattered and shaped the country in its earliest years. The following are 20 of the biggest scandals that rocked the nation after it became independent in 1776 – and one of them was the biggest until Watergate.

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20. Crédit Mobilier – congressional bribes to keep a money grab alive

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In the 1860s the Union Pacific Railroad had big plans ahead to build a transcontinental set of tracks. They would need help to do it, so they contracted a construction company called Crédit Mobilier of America to help them. However, the deal was not at all that it seemed, and, soon enough businessmen, congressmen and even the vice president would be embroiled in a massive scandal.

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