Terry Golway

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[Cross-posted from New Books in Political Science] Terry Golway is the author of Machine Made: Tammany Hall and the Creation of Modern American Politics (Liveright, 2014). Golway is a thirty year journalist for the New York Observer and New York Times. He is now director of the Kean University Center for History, Politics, and Policy.

Golway tells the story of the founding of Tammany Hall and its role in supporting the inflow of large numbers of Irish immigrants into New York City in the 1840s. He explores the complex politics of prohibition, nativism, and abolition, and how Tammany leaders positioned and re-positioned their interests and political power. He writes of “Dagger” John Hughes, William “Boss” Tweed, and Charles Francis Murphy. In an early effort to mobilize voters through GOTV, Murphy sent cards to voters who had not yet voted reminding them of their duty to the party and Tammany Hall. The book really gets going during the fascinating history of New York pols Al Smith, Robert Wagner, and Franklin Roosevelt.

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