Presentation on theme: "The Political Machine Politics in the Age of Immigration and the Gilded Age."— Presentation transcript:
The Political Machine Politics in the Age of Immigration and the Gilded Age
What is a Political Machine? An organized group that controlled the activities of a political party in a city and offered services to voters and businesses in exchange for political or financial support.
How did a Political Machine Operate? City Boss Ward Boss Precinct Captains
Precinct Captain 1.The precinct captain worked to get support and votes on a city block or neighborhood. 2.The precinct workers reported to the ward boss. Corruption
Ward Boss 1.The ward boss worked to gain the vote in all of the precincts in a ward of the city. 2.They often helped the poor and provided services.
City Boss 1.Controlled activities of the party in the city. 2.Controlled thousands of municipal jobs. Boss Tweed
Corruption 1.Election Fraud 1.Added names to voting lists. 2.People voted more than once. 2.Graft—Kickbacks from contracts. 3.City Boss controls police force, so there is nobody to stop it.
Tammany Hall 1.Tammany Hall was the Democratic Machine in New York City. 2.Boss Tweed ran the operation 3.From 1869-1871, the Tweed Ring pocketed about $200 million.