The Rise and Fall of Tammany Hall, New York’s Most Famous Political Machine

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Taught by Erin O'Donnell

Erin O'Donnell is an activist and educator who spends her days teaching, storytelling, and organizing for social change. She currently works as an educator at the Sadie Nash Leadership Project, and facilitates workshops for activists on organizing strategy, anti-oppression, and self-care & burnout prevention. Born and raised in the Big Apple, Erin spends her free time revisiting her old childhood haunts, volunteering at Bluestockings Activist Cafe & Bookstore, and organizing with the Queer Detainee Empowerment Project. 

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Get an inside scoop on the development and dominance of New York’s most famous political machine. We’ll explore the rise of political machines in 19th century New York, uncover the salacious details of Tammany Hall’s powerful system of patronage, bribery, and corruption, and come away understanding how Tammany Hall’s legacy continues to influence New York politics today. If you’ve ever wondered who exactly Boss Tweed was, how the Irish rose to prominence in the NYPD, or how accurate The Gangs of New York actually is, this is the class for you! 

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