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        Pendleton Act (1883) and Resource Materials

        This resource group contains two facsimiles and a transcript of, and a background essay on the 1883 Pendleton Act. Approved on January 16, 1883, the Pendleton Act established a merit-based system of selecting government officials and supervising their work.

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        Pendleton Act (1883): Image 1

        This is a facsimile of the 1883 Pendleton Act.

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        Pendleton Act (1883): Image 2

        This is a facsimile of the 1883 Pendleton Act.

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        Pendleton Act (1883): Transcript

        This is a transcript of the 1883 Pendleton Act.

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        Pendleton Act (1883): Background Essay

        This essay provides background and context for the 1883 Pendleton Act.

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