Boss Tweed and the Political Machine
Video worksheet for a section of the documentary film by Ric Burns, New York: A Documentary – Episode 3 Sunshine and Shadow (link to youtube video provided). This clip discusses the rise and fall of Boss Tweed and the political machine of Tammany Hall. The clip is about 13 minutes long and perfectly encapsulates the appeal and drawbacks of the rise of urban political machines. The worksheet includes 4 critical thinking questions perfect for class discussion.
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