Political Machine Revolution

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Elliot Willard History 304 Smith February 14, 2014 The political machine became an influential faction of society fueled by constant immigration for much of the 19th century into the 20th century. “The years from about 1890 to 1910 were the heyday of the political machine” (Plunkitt, 1). European immigrants flooded into the United States, emerging themselves into society in search for economic opportunity along with political and religious freedoms, with many of the first European immigrants consisting of the Irish and the Germans. Immigrants were coming to the United States in such large numbers during such a short period of time. Without the ability to speak English with little or no money, jobs, or housing, they were forced into less than modest parts of town. Political leaders, young and old, used these factors to convert immigrants into targets by providing patronage for the political machine and took their patronage in exchange for votes. The political machines fundamental role was to seek out immigrants in order to offer them patronage to those the political machine...
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