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RO-10591-70

Vanderbilt University (Nashville, TN 37240-0001)
Samuel McSeveney (Project Director: 06/01/1970 to present)

The Development and Function of an Urban Political Machine: Tammany Hall, 1873-1898

Study to focus on the period in the history of Tammany Hall and New York City, the quarter-century between the downfall of "Boss" Tweed and the creation of Greater New York City. ABSTRACT: Study to focus on the period in the history of Tammany Hall and New York City, the quarter-century between the downfall of "Boss" Tweed and the creation of Greater New York City. Tweed was Tammany's last old-stock leader. Following his downfall, Irish politicians rose to the fore in the organization and city government. Project to analyze three related problems: 1) the ways in which Tammany involved immigrants and others in the city's political life and created opportunities for social mobility among those who served it; 2) the ways in which Tammany met or did not meet the city's needs during a period of immigration, population growth, and territorial expansion; and 3) the ways in which anti-Tammany municipal governments resembled or differed from Tammany governments during that period. Research to be carried out in US, also in London and Ireland to study links of immigrants and Tammany to NY political scene. Study should shed light on three areas of historical and contemporary significance; urban politics, the functions of urban machines and anti-machine movements, and urban politics as a means by which ethnic and racial groups may achieve social mobility. As ethnic nature of cities change and new and different problems emerge, understanding of similar evolutionary patterns in the past can serve as base lines for understanding social changes in the present. Fund for PI salary, travel, per diem.

Project fields:
History, General

Program:
Basic Research

Division:
Research Programs

Total amounts:
$5,552 (approved)
$5,552 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/1970 – 6/30/1971