Political Machines

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This is about the political corruption that took place because of Urbanization.

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Political Machines

  1. 1. Urbanization
  2. 2. The Political Machine  also known as a party machine, this organization enticed people to vote for them by offering certain rewards  Most famous organization to use this is Tammany Hall in New York City  Most of the time the political machine would bribe cops, elected officials, and anyone who would take money (graft)  In regards to Tammany Hall, most immigrants benefited from Tammany’s illegal activities because in exchanged for their vote, Tammany Hall would help them. (i.e. Job or better living conditions)
  3. 3.  These type of politics also made it’s way to the Federal level as well.  Patronage became a problem, which means that there were unqualified people in civil service government jobs.  Pendleton Civil Service Act of 1883 which created a civil service commission to give government jobs based on merit and not politics.

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