Tammanyism


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Tammanism, Tammanyism

1. the activities and principles of Tammany Hall, a powerful New York City Democratic political society of the 1800s, founded as a benevolent organization, which later deteriorated into a force for political patronage and corruption.
2. activities or beliefs similar to those of Tammany Hall. — Tammanyite, n., adj.
See also: Politics
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While offering considerable insight into the way class (if not racial) ideologies circulated in relation to this case, Didion finally veers away from analyzing the struggle between New York's powerful and powerless into a decrial of Tammanyism seemingly removed from this struggle.