Political Machines

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Political Machines

HOT ROC: Gangs of New York

The Politics of Fraud and

Bribery http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1qCBTZA wwso&feature=related

– Start at 6:20 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1qCBTZA wwso&feature=related

– End at 2:16

What opinion does this film express about late

19 th century politics?

Political Machines

Background:

– Needs of immigrants: jobs, $, housing, protection, etc.

Political Machines & Political Bosses:

– Needs: votes on election day, power, & influence

Relationship:

– Machines and Bosses would provide money, protection, food, housing, entertainment (legal and illegal), to city dwellers in return for votes

– Control access to jobs

16.5 Activity Description

You will be shown several images, for each image, read the corresponding section of the book and write down the following:

– 2-3 details about the specific problem

– 1

Muckraker-esque

” headline to draw attention to the problem

Political Machines and Bosses

Write down the following:

2-3 details about the specific problem

1

Muckraker-esque

” headline to draw attention to the problem

Corruption in Local & State Politics

Write down the following:

2-3 details about the specific problem

1

Muckraker-esque

” headline to draw attention to the problem

Corruption on the National Level

Write down the following:

2-3 details about the specific problem

1

Muckraker-esque

” headline to draw attention to the problem

Social Tensions

Read over section 16.6 and respond to the following questions:

1. What happened to the social classes at the turn of the century?

2. How has the change in social classes impacted

Americans today?

3. Why did many immigrants remain in ethnic neighborhoods?

4. What were three challenges that African Americans faced at the turn of the century?

5. What were three changes that women went through at the turn of the century? Were these changes positive, negative, or both?

6. What was the temperance movement? Why did it begin?

Welcome to the Jungle

How is this addressed in

The Jungle?

Problem Area

Meat-Packing

Industry

Political

Machines

Child Labor

Plight of the

Poor

Working

Conditions

Unemployment

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