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Boss Tweed : The Story of a Grim Generation - Denis Lynch

Boss Tweed

The Story of a Grim Generation

By: Denis Lynch (Editor)

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Published: 30th April 2002
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No political scandal in American history has had a greater impact on America's political consciousness than the rise and fall of the "Tweed Ring" in New York City between 1866 and 1871. In an age ripe with scandal both public and private, the spectacular corruption charged to "Boss" Tweed and his associates-estimates of their extortion range from $20 million to $200 million-became an enduring symbol of the dark side of democratic politics.The Tweed Ring contributed much more than cartoonist impressions: it helped to shape a powerful theory of political reform. It was in truth one of the formative events of progressivism, that multifaceted doctrine that has evolved into the modern American creed. In this sense, the Tweed Ring was to produce not only deep misgivings about the existing regime, but an insight into how it should be reformed.Denis Tilden Lynch's biography of "Boss" Tweed was fi rst published in 1927, in a time fi lled, like Tweed's, with sudden prosperity, daunting problems, and spectacular scandals. It is a straightforward, workmanlike study, untroubled by the conceits of modern historical scholarship, and close enough to its subject's generation to have some of the immediacy of journalism. Of all the books published about the Tweed affair, Lynch's study is the only one that is a genuine biography, in which the man himself is the focus. For this reason it conveys something of the texture of daily life in New York in the nineteenth century, while bringing Tweed out from behind the shadows of Thomas Nast's leering cartoons, and presenting him, as much as is possible, as a man and not an icon. An interesting example of Americana, this volume will be of interest to historians of the period as well as those interested in American urban and political life.

Illustrationsp. x
Transaction Editionp. xi
Tweed's Ancestryp. 13
He enters the world
Gold's limitations
"Statesman!"
Apology and Errorp. 21
An old game
His Boyhoodp. 27
His schooling discussed
His fistic prowess
Leads the Cherry Hill gang
Goes to boarding school
Courtship and marriage
Gangsters Enter Politicsp. 40
Ballot box magic
The Old Order Dies Hardp. 45
His political credo
The Tigerp. 51
Forrest-Macready riot
Paving stones versus bullets
Loses his first contest
The merry sailor
Nominated for Alderman
Seeks a stalking horse
The Forty Thievesp. 67
Marionettes
Ringing the bell
Elected to Congress
Traction bribery
Broadway bus scandal
Defies court
"The echo of the dollars"
Moral support
A corrupt court
Journalistic rivals
Punishing the critics
Jake Sharp sees victory
Jay Gould Pennilessp. 95
Gould gets religion
How Jason became Jay
Gould defrauds another
Owns railroad at twenty-one
No unnecessary violence, but
How Wood Was Named Fernandop. 109
Turns professional politician
Tammany against him
The Wets and Drys battle
Hone's "notorious bandit"
Wood elected Mayor
Local Autonomyp. 122
Ananias can be truthful
Half-bulldog and half-leech
The mask of reform
The Amphibious Woodp. 131
Cant
The comedy is finished
Tilden, Editorp. 138
Scores prohibition
Making a martyr
Fanatics defeat Tilden
As Fernando sees himself
Playing on Prejudicesp. 149
Debasing the primary
W. B. Astor whitewashes Wood
Infernal fires
Kicking them out
Armageddon
Tweed's defeat
"Suffer Little Children ..."p. 165
Underfed bodies and famished minds
A slave of emotions
Cobbler decides for Greeley
A bat with a woman's face
Madame Killer
Vox populi
Madame Restell scores
A scion of Citizen Genet
The Bi-partisan Board
The outlaw police force
The Police riot
July 4, 1857
Erecting the barricade
The battle
An orderly retreat
The rout
Regularity
Political auxiliaries
Bigotry versus Bigotryp. 205
When the City Hall was sold
The new Grand Sachem
The Dominant Idea in Politicsp. 212
Tweed follows Wood's example
The Grand Sachem escapes
Boor, Satyr, and Clown
Rynders threatens Tweed
The argument of freedom
A free city
Kerrigan's army
"A Sulky, Unbroken Silence"p. 229
A quack imitates society
Tweed Defeated for Sheriffp. 235
Tweed elected County Chairman
Regaining His Fortunep. 240
"A career at nisi prius"
"Better let the dirt alone"
An unjust clause
The Draft Riots Beginp. 248
The mobs
Citizens flee the city
A self-destructive mob
The gentle rain
"I Am Your Friend"p. 258
The giant barricade
A mob at play
Decimation
Tweed Made a Lawyerp. 267
Tweed, Fisk and Gould meet
Tweed changes his plan
The Man of the People
How the Bridge Was Builtp. 276
The Americus Club
The value of charity
Tweed and Tilden differ
Elected State Senator
Undoing a Vetop. 287
Purification
Making an election safe
An unanswered letter
How the Ring Workedp. 296
Fisk's seraglio
Some small stealings
"First class citizens"
"The Imperialist"
Woman Suffrage
Beecher declines
Distinguished guests
"Black Friday"
Tweed sweeps the State
"Citizen" Train
"The gentle philosopher"
Tweed Among the Elitep. 321
The Board of Audit
Tweed rebukes Tilden
The revolt
"The Boss still lives"
Hailed as a Reformerp. 333
"Triumph of Tweed Complete"
"Sheer plunder"
The Crusade begins
The dream of empire lasts
A speech
J. J. Astor to the rescue
The statue
Dana Consoles Tweedp. 351
Nordhoff's dismissal
Fisticuffs in the Assembly
A regal wedding
Forebodings of disaster
Refuses $5,000,000
Greeley awakes
The Orange riot
"Murdered by ..."
"Hang Them"p. 370
Talk of lynching
Barnard has visions
Tweed's defiance
Fighting fate
The Boss at bay
O'Donovan Rossa
Tilden in the Saddlep. 385
Purging the courts
Catering to prejudice
Convictedp. 393
In prison
The escape
The capture
"A little earth for charity"
The scapegoat
Mirroring the past
Fairchild dodges
"This breach of faith"
His solace
The jail door opens
A contrast
Bibliographyp. 419
Indexp. 425
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ISBN: 9780765809346
ISBN-10: 0765809346
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 478
Published: 30th April 2002
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Inc
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 0.64