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Tammany Hall today. Occupants include a deli, a liquor store, and a film academy. Tammany Hall today. Occupants include a deli, a liquor store, and the New York Film Academy.

If teachers still bother to impart to students any information about Tammany Hall, the most infamous political machine in American history and a power in New York politics for well over a century, it is that its legacy was one of unabashed corruption, its name forever emblematic of the worst excesses of graft and oppression; and it is not the intention of this post to suggest that Tammany Hall was not corrupt and criminal in its character. However, is this all there is to say?

Tammany Hall's most notorious chief, Boss Tweed Tammany Hall’s most notorious chief, Boss Tweed

Opponents of Tammany Hall are remembered as honorable reformers – but was there no other motivation behind their machinations? Was there something other than the zeal for honest government that united these “reformers”? The World’s Work ran a surprisingly frank item titled…

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