enough votes to maintain political and
administrative control of a city, county, or state.
This 19th-century political cartoon by Thomas
Nast illustrated the corruption of political
machines that could occur within the political
party system. This particular cartoon refers to
William Tweed and his cronies who controlled
New York City politics. Use the internet or
printed resources to research William Tweed and
the Tammany Hall party machine and answer the
1) How did William Tweed garner votes to be elected to the U.S. House of Representatives?
2) How did this political cartoon by Thomas Nast play a role in the prosecution of Boss Tweed?
3) What was Tammany Hall?
4) Explain how the above cartoon depicted a realignment from a Democratic system of
government to a Republican system during the third political party system.