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Unformatted text preview: V-161 Spring 2009 Class Notes February 4, 2009 City Government The American city of the early 19 th century was a merchant city Small urban areas trade was very important o Very little municipal services o Property requirement to vote o Women suffrage many years in the future White male property owners made the decisions of the city Competition among cities Cities issued bonds to construct infrastructure projects o Canals o Roads o Railroads Lack of financial regulations What are the major differences of municipal financial regulations of today vs. the 1840s? Cities had weak mayor system; power was with the city council. The Political Machine Peaked at the beginning of the 20 th century More prevalent in the northeast and upper Midwest Last icon; Mayor Richard Daley Sr., of Chicago How did the political machine work? Cities were broken down into districts (wards) Within each ward there were smaller sub-units, precincts Wards elected a city council representative (alderman) Each ward had a political leader; ward boss Ward bosses hired precinct workers Page 1 Patronage The ability or power to appoint people to jobs.Patronage The ability or power to appoint people to jobs....
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