Political Machines

how the little man took over city politics

What is a political machine?

a political machine is an organization that trades votes for service and care. For example, an immigrant to NYC would be given a job by the machine and money to buy food. In exchange, he would vote for all the machine's candidates.


Examples, please...

New York City - Tammany Hall, Boss Tweed


Kansas City, Mo - Tom Pedergast

Louisiana - Huey Long

Chicago - Richard Daley

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