The Great Depression & WW II

What is a political machine?

“A local or state political organization that is so successful at winning elections that its candidates almost always win.  In some cases, this success is due to unfair use of the political process to win influence for party insiders.  Political machines are often headed by a "boss" who dispenses favors of various kinds to keep the party's members in line and motivated to "get out the vote" at election time.”

FastTrack to America’s Past at http://www.fasttrackteaching.com/ftap/termsgilded.html



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