urban history

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During the 19th century there was a rapid growth of American cities due to immigration and migration from rural areas. This rise in the population created enormous problems for city governments, which were often unable to provide for the people and lacked any type of structure. In these conditions we begin to see the emergence of political machines, such as Tammany Hall in New York City. These groups were able to build a loyal voter …

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…known was gone, taken over by Roosevelt’s New Deal and the changes that resulted from it. Today, most party organizations in the United States are sustained by social ties and ideology, rather than by control of jobs, services, and political favors. This has reduced governmental corruption, but there are some places that the loss of the strong leadership of the machine has made it difficult to develop and implement coherent solutions to municipal problems.