No political scandal in American history has had a greater impact on America's political consciousness than the rise and fall of the ""Tweed Ring"" in New York City between 1866 and 1871. In an age ripe with scandal both public and private, the spectacular corruption charged to ""Boss"" Tweed and his associates-estimates of their extortion range from $20 million to $200 million-became an enduring symbol of the dark side of democratic politics.The Tweed Ring contributed much more than cartoonist impressions; it helped to shape a powerful theory of political reform. It was in truth one of the formative events of progressivism, that multifaceted doctrine that has evolved into the modern American creed. In this sense, the Tweed Ring was to produce not only deep misgivings about the existing regime, but an insight into how it should be reformed.Denis Tilden Lynch's biography of ""Boss"" Tweed was first published in 1927, in a time filled, like Tweed's, with sudden prosperity, daunting problems, and spectacular scandals. It is a straight-forward, workmanlike study, untroubled by the conceits of modern historical scholarship, and close enough to its subject's generation to have some of the immediacy of journalism. Of all the books published about the Tweed affair, Lynch's study is the only one that is a genuine biography, in which the man himself is the focus. For this reason it conveys something of the texture of daily life in New York in the nineteenth century, while bringing Tweed out from behind the shadows of Thomas Nast's leering cartoons, and presenting him, as much as is possible, as a man and not an icon. An interesting example of Americana, this volume will be of interest to historians of the period as well as those interested in American urban and political life.

chapter I|8 pages

Tweed's Ancestry

chapter II|6 pages

Apology and Error

chapter III|13 pages

His Boyhood

chapter IV|5 pages

Gangsters Enter Politics

chapter V|6 pages

The Old Order Dies Hard

chapter VI|16 pages

The Tiger

chapter VII|28 pages

The Forty Thieves

chapter VIII|14 pages

Jay Gould Penniless

chapter IX|13 pages

How Wood Was Named Fernando

chapter X|9 pages

Local Autonomy

chapter XI|7 pages

The Amphibious Wood

chapter XII|11 pages

Tilden, Editor

chapter XIII|16 pages

Playing on Prejudices

chapter XIV|40 pages

Suffer Little Children

chapter XV|7 pages

Bigotry Versus Bigotry

chapter XVI|17 pages

The Dominant Idea in Politics

chapter XVII|6 pages

A Sulky, Unbroken Silence

chapter XVIII|5 pages

Tweed Defeated for Sheriff

chapter XIX|8 pages

Regaining His Fortune

chapter XX|10 pages

The Draft Riots Begin

chapter XXI|9 pages

I Am Your Friend

chapter XXII|9 pages

Tweed Made a Lawy

chapter XXIII|11 pages

How the Bridge Was Built

chapter XXIV|9 pages

Undoing a Veto

chapter XXV|25 pages

How The Ring Worked

chapter XXVI|12 pages

Tweed Among the Elite

chapter XXVII|18 pages

Hailed as a Reformer

chapter |19 pages

Dana Consoles Tweed

chapter XXIX|15 pages

Hang Them

chapter XXX|8 pages

Tilden in the Saddl

chapter XXXI|26 pages