Political Bossism in Mid-America: Tom Dennison's Omaha, 1900-1933 by Orville D. Menard, Hardcover | Barnes & Noble
Political Bossism in Mid-America: Tom Dennison's Omaha, 1900-1933

Political Bossism in Mid-America: Tom Dennison's Omaha, 1900-1933

by Orville D. Menard
     
 

Thomas Dennison and his organization are the focal points of this book as it explores and probes machine politics in his city as well as the man behind this machine. Winning elections, serving the legitimate and illegitimate business communities, and administering justice boss style controlled crime and controlled corruption-are given a complete accounting. As a

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Thomas Dennison and his organization are the focal points of this book as it explores and probes machine politics in his city as well as the man behind this machine. Winning elections, serving the legitimate and illegitimate business communities, and administering justice boss style controlled crime and controlled corruption-are given a complete accounting. As a middle size community, Omaha, Nebraska, provides an opportunity to explore bossism in a smaller, more typical environment of the United States. Machine politics from 1900 to 1933 are explained, describing an era which helped shape our contemporary political lives. The text is organized topically with special attention to power and the various ways a boss used it, and how an entire city was enrolled in its exercise. Illustrations included.

Editorial Reviews

Great Plains Quarterly - Dr. Donald J. Senese
Orville D. Menard..., in his new well-researched study, Political Bossism in Mid-America, has captured the essence of Dennison's career, character, and mode of operation.
Sunday World Herald
...a scholarly work that reads well...The whole story here is an extremely well-documented narrative.
— Paolo E. Coletta, (Retired), United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD
Nebraska History
Menard's fine and provocative book raises interesting questions about not only the goals but the nature and methods of operations of political bosses with a western background.
— Paolo E. Coletta, (Retired), United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD
Great Plains Quarterly
The author has conducted thorough research...to weave a fascinating story of politics...in the early part of the twentieth century....a significant contribution to scholarship.
— Dr. Donald J. Senese, Director, National Center for Presidential Research, Washington, D.C. and Former Assistant Secretary for Educational Research an
International Journal On World Peace
Orville D. Menard..., in his new well-researched study, Political Bossism in Mid-America, has captured the essence of Dennison's career, character, and mode of operation.
— Dr. Donald J. Senese, Director, National Center for Presidential Research, Washington, D.C. and Former Assistant Secretary for Educational Research an
Paolo E. Coletta
Urban historians and political scientists should find much of value.
Great Plains Quarterly - Donald J. Senese
Orville D. Menard..., in his new well-researched study, Political Bossism in Mid-America, has captured the essence of Dennison's career, character, and mode of operation.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780819173423
Publisher:
University Press of America
Publication date:
04/01/1989
Pages:
360
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.76(h) x 1.01(d)

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Paolo E. Coletta
A thoroughly researched and well written account...

Meet the Author

Orville D. Menard is Professor of Political Science at the University of Nebraska at Omaha.

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