Austin Community College
November 30, 2011
The purpose of this book report is to analyze the themes in Plunkitt of Tammany Hall by William L. Riordon. Riordon’s purpose is to educate people about politics and to stimulate reform in their corrupt political system. The first theme of this book is Plunkitt’s use of patronage. He openly discusses quid pro quo: he gives people jobs, opportunities, and welfare services in exchange for their political allegiance. For example, he talks about giving young men opportunities to play in the baseball club or sing in the glee club. In exchange, they vote the way he tells them to. Plunkitt also supports his voters in other …show more content…
1 Andres Tijerina and William E. Montgomery, vol. 2 of Building A Democratic Nation: A History Of the United States, 1877 to Present (Dubuque, IA: Kendall Hunt Publishing Company, 2011), 78-79. 2 William L. Riordan, Plunkitt of Tammany Hall (Boston: Bedford/St. Martin’s, 1994), 49. 3 Ibid., 76-77. 4 Ibid., 73. 5 Edward O’ Donell, “The Sage of Tammany Hall,” The New York Times, August 28, 2005, http://www.nytimes.com/ (accessed November 29, 2009).
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