King of the Bowery

Big Tim Sullivan, Tammany Hall, and New York City From the Gilded Age to the Progressive Era
Welch, Richard F. (Book - 2008)
King of the Bowery
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Although he's barely remembered now, the presence of "Big Tim" Sullivan loomed large over New York City and the urban politics of the years between 1890 and 1914. Welch (American History and Irish History, Long Island University) presents the first book-length biography of Sullivan, showing his rise from the squalid Five Points to control of the Lower East Side and, ultimately, all of New York City. This account shows Sullivan as a complicated man: a vice lord whose generosity and largesse towards his supporter was legendary; and a corrupt Tammany Hall politician who nonetheless was a strong supporter of the progressive reforms of the early 20th century. Welch's accessible writing style makes this well-researched book a pleasant read. It will appeal to readers interested in the history of New York or in urban politics. (Excelsior Editions is an imprint of Sate University of New York Press) Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Authors: Welch, Richard F.
Statement of Responsibility: Richard F. Welch
Title: King of the Bowery
Big Tim Sullivan, Tammany Hall, and New York City from the Gilded Age to the Progressive Era
Publisher: Albany : Exclesior Editions/State University of New York Press, c2008 (2010 printing)
Characteristics: 222 p. : ill., ports ; 24 cm.
Notes: Originally published: Madison [N.J.] : Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2008
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents: The city and the machine
Upward mobility
Running the game
Taking his opportunities as he saw them
Extracurricular activities
No final victories
George and Charlie and Willie and Tim
The progressive
The last hurrah
Decline and fall
Subject Headings: New York (N.Y.) Biography Political corruption New York (State) New York History New York (N.Y.) Politics and government 20th century New York (N.Y.) Politics and government 19th century Tammany Hall History Politicians New York (State) New York Biography United States. Congress. House Biography Legislators United States Biography Sullivan, Timothy Daniel, 1862-1913
Topical Term: Political corruption
Found in: Lower East Side Heritage Collection (Seward Park Branch)
LCCN: 2009029113
ISBN: 1438431821
Branch Call Number: B Sullivan W
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