Plunkitt of Tammany Hall

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  • Copyright: 1993-11-15
  • Publisher: Bedford/St. Martin's

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Since its publication in 1905,Plunkitt of Tammany Hallhas given generations of students a passport into the world of controversy, conflict, corruption, and color that surrounded urban political machines at their zenith. The full text of William Riordon's book is supported here by nine primary documents that place both the book and its subject into context.

Author Biography

Terrence J. McDonald is professor of history at the University of Michigan. His book, The Parameters of Urban Fiscal Policy: Socioeconomic Change and Political Culture in San Francisco, 1860 to 1906, won the 1987 Allan M. Sharlin Memorial Award of the Social Science History Association and the 1988 J. S. Holliday Award from the California Historical Society. He is a member of the board of editors of the Journal of Urban History and Studies in American Political development, and he has published essays in those journals as well as in Social History, Historical Methods, the History Teacher, and Reviews in American History. His research on George Washington Plunkitt is part of an ongoing project on the image of the urban political machine and American liberalism entitled "Inventing Urban Politics: The City and the State in American Political Development, 1880-1980."

Table of Contents

Foreword v
Preface vii
Introduction How George Washington Plunkitt Became Plunkitt of Tammany Hall 1(42)
PART ONE The Document 43(60)
William L. Riordon
A Tribute
Charles F. Murphy
Plunkitt of Tammany Hall
PART TWO Related Materials 103(37)
Tammany Biographies, New York Evening Post, 1894
George W. Plunkitt
The Tammany Times, September 21, 1895
Hon. Geo. W. Plunkitt
``Life the Plunkitt Mortgage!'' A pamphlet published by Plunkitt's successful opponent in the 1904 election to state Senate
``Graft, Cries M'Manus; Not Me, Says Plunkitt,'' New York Times, June 8, 1905
Review of Plunkitt of Tammany Hall, American Monthly Review of Reviews, November 1905
Review of Plunkitt of Tammany Hall, Public Opinion, October 7, 1905
The Nation, December 3, 1924
Plunkitt Obituary
``Why the Ward Boss Rules,'' The Outlook, April 2, 1898
Jane Addams
``New York: Good Government in Danger,'' McClure's, November 1903
Lincoln Steffens
A Plunkitt Chronology (1842--1924)
Selected Bibliography
Index 140

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