The story is about Tammany Hall
and how a Jeffersonian political club became the notorious political machine of Boss Tweed fame.
In key respects, the Tammany Hall
understanding of politics' proper ends and means contradicts central axioms of modern liberalism, which promises that rational bureaucracies, shielded from politics and run by experts, will deliver goods and services to client-citizens, honestly and efficiently.
In 19th-century New York City, the construction of roads, parks, and railways provided opportunities for members of the powerful political club Tammany Hall
to enrich themselves and extend their influence.
Tilden of New York, had made his reputation by exposing scandal in Tammany Hall
, bastion of his party in New York City.
senator from New York from 1977 to 2001, he could as easily write a White House memo citing Jean Patti Sartre as a warm note to Tammany Hall
's Carmine DeSapio, telling the imprisoned New York City Democratic Party boss in 1972 how sorry he was to hear that federal authorities had denied his request for parole.
The era is painstakingly and it would appear faithfully set forth before us, including some real-life characters, to fascinating effect, evoking the world of Boss Tweed and the infamous Tammany Hall
. The book is a well-written and very quick read, perfect for late summer, and is recommended.
King of the Bowery: Big Time Sullivan, Tammany Hall
, and New York City from the Gilded Age to the Progressive Era is a scholarly, in-depth examination of Timothy D.
It's an apt name for a colt out of Tammany Hall
, the Democratic Party political machine that controlled New York politics up to the mid-1960s.
When New York City's political machine Tammany Hall
noticed big, handsome, glib Charles Becker they sponsored his joining the police department, where he rose rapidly through the ranks.
Beginning with the outrage over clubbing that helped provoke a major political scandal in the late nineteenth century, Johnson takes us through the corruption-saturated era when the police were little more than Tammany Hall
's security and collection agency, the race and religion-influenced police riots of the early twentieth century, the tough cop admiring police reformers of the Progressive era, the third degree and other forms of torture employed by the police to combat the Prohibition and depression induced "crime wave" of the twenties and thirties, conflict between the police and leftists before World War II, and then with civil rights and antiwar activists afterwards.
History chronicles William "Boss" Tweed, who died in 1878, as the leader of Tammany Hall
, the name given to New York City's Democratic party machine that used patronage as a common business practice and wielded major power.
A staunch Republican himself (and a Protestant), Nast--together with Harper's Weekly--campaigned vociferously against William Marcy Tweed, the corrupt leader or 'boss' of Tammany Hall
(named after its headquarters on East 14th Street), the political machine which ran New York City's Democratic Party.
It started out as a Prohibition-era speakeasy called the Huron Club, regularly visited by the members of Tammany Hall
. In the 1960s, it was renamed Village South and hosted Edward Albee's Playwrights Unit Workshop, which mounted early works from Sam Shepard, LeRoi Jones, Lanford Wilson and Terrence McNally.
Thus, at a time when chief executives seem to be trying to purge boards of the bad habits of the past, politicians seem to be harking back to the glorious 19th century Tammany Hall
tradition of putting every faithful old bone-fetcher on the payroll.
When most of us hear the word "steal" in the context of an election, we think of ballot-box-stuffing or the machinations of Tammany Hall