George Washington Plunkitt - Paper 1

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Mason 1 Jonathan Mason September 21, 2007 HY 204 Dr. Andrew Huebner Progressive Changes to Political Corruption A new political movement began in the United States around 1910 and became known as the “progressive movement.” This movement was aimed at removing corruption that had become so rampant in American politics (Foner 583). Progressive reformers around the turn of the twentieth century saw Tammany Hall politicians, and specifically, George Washington Plunkitt and their ideas and practices as a threat to democracy and the American way of life. These reformers sought to bring about an end to the corrupt practices that arose during the period of industrialization and urbanization which Plunkitt so openly favored. Some of his practices such as “honest graft”, “machine politics” and the use of patronage by Tammany Hall politicians were main targets of the progressives’ reform movements along with attempts to put more direct political power in the hands of the citizen. George Washington Plunkitt was a strong proponent of what he referred to as “honest graft” to which he gave much effort in differentiating from “dishonest graft”. Despite this attempt at separating himself from the undesirable elements of politics, progressive reformers of the era still sought to eliminate his practices from the political
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This essay was uploaded on 04/14/2008 for the course HY 204 taught by Professor Wormer during the Fall '08 term at Alabama.

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