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you couldn't buy the Board of Aldermen…. A politician coming forward takes things as they are.'' —William M. "Boss" Tweed, from a jailhouse interview, 1877 Using the excerpts, answer a, b, and c. a. Briefly explain the perspective of the biographer Kenneth Ackerman on Boss Tweed and Tammany Hall. b. Briefly explain the perspective of William M. “Boss” Tweed on his actions and conviction. c. Briefly explain an event or idea from the period 1865–1898 that could be used to support or refute Ackerman’s perspective. Your responses: a. The biographer Kenneth Ackerman is in many ways complimenting and attacking the Tweed ring in the same quote. Ackerman compliments how well structured and well diversified the system was and how the Tweed Ring had basically helped build school and hospitals and jobs for individuals to earn money to provide for their families. Ackerman however also exclaims that there was a huge flaw in the system, the fact that there was no humanity in the people leading and contributing to the system meaning they ruled with fear and greed. Ackerman goes on to explain that the betrayal from the inside wrecked the ring/system. b. William M. “Boss” Tweed defends himself by claiming that there had always been dishonesty in the political world of New York. He states the him coming forward didn’t make that big of difference in defeating the corruption and fraud in New York politics. c. In the time period from 1865-1898, Tammany Hall helped migrants from ireland and other places in finding housing and work. Ackerman states only deceit that Tammany Hall and Tweed committed but he doesn’t explain the aid that Tammany Hall gave to immigrants.
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  • Fall '16
  • Timothy Hinchman
  • Tammany Hall, Boss Tweed, William M. Tweed, Kenneth Ackerman, perspective of the biographer Kenneth Ackerman, —Kenneth Ackerman

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