SAT Subject US History Practice Question 447: Answer and Explanation

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Question: 447

68. During the late 1800s newly arrived immigrants supported political machines primarily because

A. political machines offered them jobs and essential city services in exchange for their votes
B. political machines committed fraud to get their candidates elected when necessary
C. political machines received kickbacks from businesses
D. political bosses were fellow immigrants
E. political bosses supported the settlement-house movement and public education reform

Correct Answer: A


The primary reason for immigrants to support bosses was because the bosses saw to it that important social and public services that directly benefited immigrants were provided.

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