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The Resource Machine made : Tammany Hall and the creation of modern American politics, Terry Golway

Machine made : Tammany Hall and the creation of modern American politics, Terry Golway

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Machine made : Tammany Hall and the creation of modern American politics
Title
Machine made
Title remainder
Tammany Hall and the creation of modern American politics
Statement of responsibility
Terry Golway
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Language
eng
Summary
  • For decades, history has considered Tammany Hall, New York's famous political machine, shorthand for the worst of urban politics: graft, crime, and patronage personified by notoriously corrupt characters. Infamous crooks like William "Boss" Tweed dominate traditional histories of Tammany, distorting our understanding of a critical chapter of American political history. In Machine Made, historian and New York City journalist Terry Golway convincingly dismantles these stereotypes; Tammany's corruption was real, but so was its heretofore forgotten role in protecting marginalized and maligned immigrants in desperate need of a political voice. Irish immigrants arriving in New York during the nineteenth century faced an unrelenting onslaught of hyperbolic, nativist propaganda. They were voiceless in a city that proved, time and again, that real power remained in the hands of the mercantile elite, not with a crush of ragged newcomers flooding its streets. Haunted by fresh memories of the horrific Irish potato famine in the old country, Irish immigrants had already learned an indelible lesson about the dire consequences of political helplessness. Tammany Hall emerged as a distinct force to support the city's Catholic newcomers, courting their votes while acting as a powerful intermediary between them and the Anglo-Saxon Protestant ruling class. In a city that had yet to develop the social services we now expect, Tammany often functioned as a rudimentary public welfare system and a champion of crucial social reforms benefiting its constituency, including workers' compensation, prohibitions against child labor, and public pensions for widows with children. Tammany figures also fought against attempts to limit immigration and to strip the poor of the only power they had--the vote. While rescuing Tammany from its maligned legacy, Golway hardly ignores Tammany's ugly underbelly, from its constituents' participation in the bloody Draft Riots of 1863 to its rampant cronyism. However, even under occasionally notorious leadership, Tammany played a profound and long-ignored role in laying the groundwork for social reform, and nurtured the careers of two of New York's greatest political figures, Al Smith and Robert Wagner. Despite devastating electoral defeats and countless scandals, Tammany nonetheless created a formidable political coalition, one that eventually made its way into the echelons of FDR's Democratic Party and progressive New Deal agenda. Tracing the events of a tumultuous century, Golway shows how mainstream American government began to embrace both Tammany's constituents and its ideals. Machine Made is a revelatory work of revisionist history, and a rich, multifaceted portrait of roiling New York City politics in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. -- Publisher description
  • A journalist, historian, and expert on the Irish American experience tackles the common stereotypes and presents a revisionist version of the notoriously crooked Tammany Hall, describing the crucial social reforms and labor improvements they contributed
  • "Historian Terry Golway has written a colorful history of Tammany Hall, which takes a more sympathetic view of the organization than many historians. He says the Tammany machine, while often corrupt, gave impoverished immigrants critically needed social services and a road to assimilation. According to Golway, Tammany was responsible for progressive state legislation that foreshadowed the New Deal. He writes that some of Tammany's harshest critics, including cartoonist Thomas Nast, openly exhibited a raw anti-Irish and anti-Catholic prejudice."--Www.npr.org/2014/03/05/286218423/the-case-for-tammany-hall-being-on-the-right-side-of-history
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TEFOD
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1955-
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Golway, Terry
Dewey number
974.7/04
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
F128.44
LC item number
.G65 2014eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Tammany Hall (Political organization)
  • New York (N.Y.)
  • New York (N.Y.)
  • Irish Americans
  • Immigrants
  • Progressivism (United States politics)
  • Municipal government
  • Politics, Practical
  • Political corruption
  • Tammany Hall (Political organization)
  • Immigrants
  • Irish Americans
  • Municipal government
  • Political corruption
  • Politics and government
  • Politics, Practical
  • Progressivism (United States politics)
  • New York (State)
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Machine made : Tammany Hall and the creation of modern American politics, Terry Golway
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unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 333-346) and index
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online resource
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  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
"Tammany Hall belongs to us" -- Mass politics -- The Great Hunger -- Civil War -- A Tammany riot -- Tammany's Irish Reconstruction -- Challenging the Gilded Age -- To hell with reform -- An admirable organization? -- Murphy's law -- Frank and Al -- The battle of two governors -- Legacies
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unknown
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First edition.
Extent
1 online resource (xxiv, 367 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates)
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unknown
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online
Isbn
9780871407924
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unknown
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computer
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rdamedia
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  • c
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illustrations
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not applicable
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unknown
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unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
Stock number
F65FC044-A6B5-410D-B35A-1F9895416F10
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  • ocn918283413
  • (OCoLC)918283413
Label
Machine made : Tammany Hall and the creation of modern American politics, Terry Golway
Link
Publication
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 333-346) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
"Tammany Hall belongs to us" -- Mass politics -- The Great Hunger -- Civil War -- A Tammany riot -- Tammany's Irish Reconstruction -- Challenging the Gilded Age -- To hell with reform -- An admirable organization? -- Murphy's law -- Frank and Al -- The battle of two governors -- Legacies
Dimensions
unknown
Edition
First edition.
Extent
1 online resource (xxiv, 367 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates)
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780871407924
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Other physical details
illustrations
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
Stock number
F65FC044-A6B5-410D-B35A-1F9895416F10
System control number
  • ocn918283413
  • (OCoLC)918283413

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