King of the Bowery: Big Tim Sullivan, Tammany Hall, and New York City from the Gilded Age to the Progressive Era

Welch, Richard F.

Editore: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2009
ISBN 10: 0838641768 / ISBN 13: 9780838641767
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Riassunto: This book is the first complete study of Timothy D. 'Big Tim' Sullivan, Tammany chieftain and kingmaker, 'King of the Lower East Side', and, to some, 'King of the Underworld'. Sullivan was a pivotal figure in the late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century urban politics. A master of the personal, paternalistic, and corrupt no-holds-barred politics of the nineteenth century, he heartily embraced progressive causes in his later years and anticipated many of the policies and initiatives later pursued by Al Smith and Franklin D. Roosevelt, who were early acquaintances and sometimes antagonists of Sullivan.The story of Big Tim Sullivan is the story of New York City as it emerged from the nineteenth century to the onset of modernity. Sullivan was a rags-to-riches story, a poor Irish kid from the Five Points who rose through ambition, shrewdness, and charisma to become the most powerful single politician in New York by 1909. Sullivan was quick to embrace and harness the shifting demographic patterns of the Lower East Side, recruiting Jewish and Italian newcomers into his largely Irish organization - his 'machine within a machine' - meeting the newcomers' needs, taking their votes, and creating a personal following that made him invincible in his downtown bastion. Richard F. Welch is a professor at C. W. Post College of Long Island University.

From the Back Cover: King of the Bowery is the first full-length biography of Timothy D. "Big Tim" Sullivan, the archetypal Tammany Hall leader who dominated New York City politics--and much of its social life--from 1890 to 1913. A poor Irish kid from the Five Points who rose through ambition, shrewdness, and charisma to become the most powerful single politician in New York, Sullivan was quick to perceive and embrace the shifting demographics of downtown New York, recruiting Jewish and Italian newcomers to his largely Irish machine to create one of the nation's first multiethnic political organizations. Though a master of the personal, paternalistic, and corrupt politics of the late nineteenth century, Sullivan paradoxically embraced a variety of progressive causes, especially labor and women's rights, anticipating many of the policies later pursued by his early acquaintances and sometimes antagonists Al Smith and Franklin D. Roosevelt. Drawing extensively on contemporary sources, King of the Bowery offers a rich, readable, and authoritative portrayal of Gotham on the cusp of the modern age, as refracted through the life of a man who exemplified much of it.

"...a necessary book for anyone unsatisfied by the usual histories of Irish-American urban political machines ... The Irish American boss has rarely been awarded the careful appraisal of the kind that Welch ... gives Sullivan ... But caveat lector: you don't have to be Irish American or a New Yorker or a Democrat to enjoy this book. All you have to be is interested in a well-told story that is also a first-rate work of history." -- Peter Quinn, Commonweal

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Titolo: King of the Bowery: Big Tim Sullivan, ...
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Data di pubblicazione: 2009
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Descrizione libro Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, Madison, 2008. Hardback/Cloth. Condizione libro: New. 1st Edition. 224pp Illustrated. [In stock in Australia, for immediate delivery] King of the Bowery is the first complete study of Timothy D. ‘Big Tim' Sullivan, Tammany chieftain and kingmaker. ‘King of the Lower East Side' to many, and to some’King of the Underworld', Sullivan was a pivotal figure in late 19th- and early 20th-century urban politics. A master of the personal, paternalistic, and corrupt no-holds-barred politics of the 19th century, he heartily embraced progressive causes in his later years and anticipated many of the policies and initiatives later pursued by Al Smith and Franklin D. Roosevelt, early acquaintances and sometimes antagonists. The story of Big Tim Sullivan is the story of New York City as it emerged from the 19th century to the onset of modernity. Sullivan was a rags-to-riches story, a poor Irish kid from the Five Points who rose through ambition, shrewdness, and charisma to become the most powerful single politician in New York by 1909. Sullivan was quick to embrace and then harness the shifting demographic patterns of the Lower East Side, recruiting Jewish and Italian newcomers into his largely Irish organization - his’machine within a machine' - meeting the newcomers' needs, taking their votes, and creating a personal following that made him invincible in his downtown bastion. Politics was Sullivan's major occupation and he served as state assemblyman, Congressman, and state senator. He also played a significant role in the bankrolling and promotion of mass entertainment such as vaudeville, sports, and motion pictures, investments that were as lucrative to him as they were enjoyable to his constituents. A significant amount of Sullivan's income derived from his involvement with the underworld, especially gambling, a vice to which he was personally addicted. Throughout his career he also dodged and vehemently denied accusations that he profited from prostitution, which was rife in New York City. His underworld connections led to a swirl of conspiracy theories following his bizarre death in the wake of a sensational gangland shooting in 1913. Sullivan was a major transitional figure in urban politics, whose multifaceted, contradictory life and careers graphically illustrate the story of New York City's troubled emergence into the modern world and exemplify the transformation of urban - and national - politics in the three decades before the outbreak of the Great War. Despite his significance, this dynamic, charismatic, and engaging figure has been generally neglected by historians. The product of several years of research and study, King of the Bowery draws extensively on contemporary sources resulting in a rich, flavourful, and accurate portrayal of the Gilded Age in New York through the life of one of its dominant personalities. The book should prove attractive to all interested in American history and politics, the Progressive Era, urban history, ethnicity, and New York, as well as those who value an excursion into the life of a colourful rogue-reformer whose life - and his times - cannot appear again. Richard F. Welch is a professor at C. W. Post College of Long Island University. Codice libro della libreria 6717

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