Boss Cox's Cincinnati Urban Politics in the Progressive Era
- List Price: $71.95
- Binding: Hardcover
- Edition: 1
- Publisher: Ohio State Univ Pr
- Publish date: 11/01/2000
- ISBN: 9780814208618
- ISBN10: 0814208614
In documenting the changes Cincinnati experienced during the Progressive Era, Zane L. Miller provides a clear perspective on the processes of urbanization that transformed the American city. His focus is political because politics provided continuity amid the diversity of city life. The most important aspect of political continuity in Cincinnati and in other cities was "bossism", often depicted as an example of corruption, but which was in many cities part of the quest for a new urban order. In Cincinnati, Boss George B. Cox's machine was a response to the disorder of the times; interestingly, the machine actually helped to control disorder, paving the way for later reforms. Miller carefully explores both the nature and the significance of bossism, showing how it and municipal reform were both essential components of the modern urban political system.
Originally published in 1968, Boss Cox's Cincinnati is considered a classic in the field of urban studies.