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  • ISBN: 9780271009230
  • ISBN10: 0271009233

When Bosses Ruled Philadelphia The Emergence of the Republican Machine 1867-1933

by Peter McCaffery

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  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Publisher: Pennsylvania State Univ Pr
  • Publish date: 10/01/1993
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When Bosses Ruled Philadelphia challenges conventional wisdom on the political machine, which has it that party bosses controlled Philadelphia as early as the 1850s and maintained that control, with little change, until the Great Depression. According to Peter McCaffery, however, all bosses were not alike, and political power came only gradually over time. McManes's 'Gas Ring' in the 1870s was not as powerful as the well-oiled machine ushered in by Matt Quay in the late 1880s. Through a careful analysis of city records, McCaffery identifies the beneficiaries of the emerging Republican Organization, which sections of the local electorate supported it, and why. He concludes that genuine boss rule did not emerge as the dominant institution in Philadelphia politics until just before the turn of the century.
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