Tammany Hall is an essential part of the vocabulary of New York City politics. For many, Tammany Hall and political corruption are synonymous. For others, Tammany Hall was a lifesaver tossed into the turbulent and unforgiving sea of 19th- and early 20th-century New York City. The author of a new book about Tammany Hall, Terry Golway, will speak about these complexities at the Wednesday, Nov. 12 meeting of the Irish Cultural Society of the Garden City area.
Golway’s book Machine Made: Tammany Hall and the Creation of Modern American Politics has been well received in book reviews. His talk will acknowledge the misgovernment of Tammany Hall with its creation of “Boss” Tweed as the very face of political corruption. But he will also argue that Tammany Hall was an influence on the progressive legislation which helped working people, the Irish among them, to form a vibrant middle class in the United States.
Golway is the director of the Kean University Center for History, Politics and Policy, a columnist for the Irish Echo, and the author of Irish Rebel: A Biography of John Devoy, The Irish in America, Let Every Nation Know: JFK in His Own Words, and So Others Might Live, a history of the FDNY.
Golway’s passion for history informs his speaking style. The book is presently available in hardcover, but will be available in paperback in March 2015.
At the meeting, Irish Cultural Society Vice President Clare Curtin will congratulate member Jim Carney who will also be honored as the Clare Association’s Man of the Year at its 126th anniversary celebration on Nov. 15. The meeting convenes at 7:30 p.m. in the Garden City Library, 60 Seventh St., across the street from the Garden City Hotel. The meeting is free and open to the public.
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