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This quote is from Lincoln Steffen's 1904 book The Shame of the Cities. In this excerpt, Steffens describes a speech given by a corrupt Philadelphia official who was trying to counter charges that his ward was "low down": "[The orator] reminded his hearers that his was the ward of Independence Hall, and naming over signers of the Declaration of Independence, he closed his highest flight of eloquence with the statement that 'these men, the fathers of American liberty, voted down here once. And,' he added, with a catching grin, 'they vote here yet.'"

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    Which statement expresses the irony of this particular kind of corruption to the democratic process? (3 points) The founders of American democracy would not have expected corruption in Philadelphia. The descendants of the founders of American democracy were the leaders of corrupt political machines. The voters cast their ballots in a building called Independence Hall, but they were not free to make their own decisions. The men who once stood for democratic ideals and fair government now supported corrupt political machines.

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