7 political machines

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7 political machines

  1. 1. Political Machines
  2. 2. • Problems in the cities were handled by _______. – “most expensive, most inefficient, most corrupt” • Why were they so unable to handle the issues? – Population in NYC increased 5x in one generation • This absence of a responsible government led to the growth of the POLITICAL MACHINE. – one group controls all political activities in an area – Led by POLITICAL BOSS
  3. 3. • Political machines worked on two levels: They provided… – service to individuals - exchanged votes – special treatment to businesses - exchanged $ • NYC Political Machine = TAMMANY HALL – Precinct Captain: Plunkitt – Party BOSS: TWEED
  4. 4. • Who was supported political machines? Why? • Machines known for GRAFT – Padding the vote – Padding the bill – Providing unnecessary jobs to friends (patronage) 3 Tables and 4 chairs = ? Brooms = ?
  5. 5. • Who was hurt the most by the corruption? • Who brought Tweed down & how did he do it? – THOMAS NAST by… using political cartoons • Why were the cartoons so effective? – People who couldn’t read English could understand general message of pictures

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