Tammany Hall is an essential part
of the vocabulary of New York City politics.
For many, Tammany Hall and political corruption are synonymous. For others, Tammany Hall was a lifesaver
tossed into the turbulent and unforgiving sea of 19th and early 20th
century New York City. These
complexities are the subject of Professor Terry Golway’s talk.
Terry Golway’s book Machine Made: Tammany Hall and the Creation of Modern
American Politics has been well received in book reviews. Professor Golway’s talk will acknowledge the
misgovernment of Tammany Hall with its creation of “Boss” Tweed as the very
face of political corruption. But he
will also argue that Tammany Hall was an influence on the progressive
legislation which helped working people, the Irish among them, to form a
vibrant middle class in the United States.
Professor Terry Golway is the Director of the
Kean University Center for History, Politics and Policy, a columnist for the
Irish Echo, and the author of Irish Rebel
a biography of John Devoy and subject of his visit to the Garden City Library
on April 2001; The Irish in America; Let Every Nation Know: JFK in His Own Words;
and So Others Might Live, a history
of the FDNY. Professor Golway’s passion
for history informs his speaking style.
He is a welcome returnee to the Garden City Library.