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The term Algerism can refer either to the rags-to-riches stories of American author Horatio Alger, Jr. or to a military scandal.

Algerism as literary and political statement[edit]

Algerism as military scandal[edit]

Algerism in military circles refers to any action by those running the military that, through short-cuts or substitutions of shoddy material, bring harm to their own military personnel and/or result in political scandal. The term in its military parlance came about from the United States Army beef scandal, where Secretary of War Russell A. Alger made deals to save money that further undercut the quality and health safety of the beef being sold to the United States Army during the Spanish–American War.

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