Tammany Hall: American soup
Posted in the New York Forum
#1 Jan 21, 2013
Tammany Hall, also known as the Society of St. Tammany, the Sons of St. Tammany, or the Columbian Order, was a New York City political organization founded in 1786 and incorporated on May 12, 1789 as the Tammany Society. It was the Democratic Party political machine that played a major role in controlling New York City and New York State politics and helping immigrants, most notably the Irish, rise up in American politics from the 1790s to the 1960s (source: Wikipedia).
Tammany Hall was most notably led socially by city supervisor "Boss" Tweed in the 1800s. Tweed wished to elaborate on Tammany Hall's focus on immigration control partly by hiring cultural enclave ganglords to win him political power albeit sometimes through corruption and the heavy hand.
Because America has always been considered figuratively as a melting pot nation of immigration, Tammany Hall remains an allegorical symbol of American management of immigration-based decision-making (be it for good or bad). America of course favors a sort of high-speed consumerism and the economic "language" of Tammany Hall instilled in New Yorkers (and hence Americans!) the festive notion that whether or not American businessmen export McDonald's fast food joints or Planet Hollywood, networked achievements such as Tammany Hall make American opportunism prominent.
Do these worldly considerations reveal the human marketability of immigration-themed Hollywood (USA) movies such as "Gangs of New York" (2002)?
Are they printing movie posters on hemp/recycled paper yet?
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