Skip to comments.Big Blue Machine, The rise and fall of New York’s Tammany Hall. (Book Review)
Posted on 04/13/2014 6:32:24 AM PDT by Kid Shelleen
The modern Democratic party has a bit of a history problem. The oldest political party in the world regularly celebrates Jefferson-Jackson Day dinners, yet both men are hardly taken as role models by todays left-leaning Democratic party. Both were slaveholders, with Thomas Jefferson possibly fathering children with one of his slaves. Andrew Jackson, meanwhile, is further tarnished by his policies of Indian removal and forced relocation. They are an uncomfortable reminder that, for much of its history, the Democratic party was the party of slavery, racial segregation, and white supremacy. That both Jefferson and Jackson were also skeptical of a strong centralized federal government only adds to the awkward position of these two flawed politicians in the Democratic pantheon.
Another black mark on the historical Democratic party has been the various corrupt political machines that governed American cities in the 19th and early 20th centuries
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Ah, the good old days of BOSS TWEED. Nothing has changed in NY.
The Tammany spirit has never gone away, in fact it has grown bigger and stronger until it has become the very soul of the democrat party.
Tammany Hall just moved to Washington DC.
I hate to break it to the weekly standard but the dims are still the party of slavery.
George Washington Plunkitt’s dissertation on honest graft and dishonest graft is enlightening, and worth a read.
Not to take away from historical Democrat racism, but when Al Smith was campaigning as the first Catholic with a good chance to be president, he was greeted with crosses on fire along the route of his train. It probably would have been hard to tell if they were lit by Republicans or Democrats, but if I recall correctly he was already the Democrat nominee at the time.
And adopted Karl Marx.
Yup, and there’s a helluva lot more of them now.