Political Machines And Political Power

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Political Machines

Political Machine is a term given to an unofficial organization designed to keep a certain political party or political group in power. Although Political Machines were originally designed for positive actions, a group of political leaders turned this positive intention into devastating corruption. As power was put into the wrong hands, large cities of the United States were put in jeopardy. Political Machines caused corruption in the larger cities and states of the United States, especially New York.
Political machines are an unofficial city organization designed to keep a certain boss or group in power. Political Machines were designed to create organization, but as the machines came in the picture the political parties became unorganized. “Political Machines developed in the United States in the early 19th century”(Brown). Political Machines worked through the exchange of favors. With these favors, came acquaintances. The political leaders involved their friends and rewarded them political roles. Machine politicians controlled access to public jobs and contracts through a system of graft. When in need for political support, political leaders would do favors such as food baskets around the holidays in return for their vote. Sometimes the boss or group held in public office, he would frequently hand select others to run for office and help them win the political position. Both political parties used Political Machines to mobilize voters and…

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