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Corruption in Nineteenth-Century New York City: An Institution that Spanned All of Society

Student Chelsea Panissidi
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During the late eighteenth century, corruption was a regular aspect of New York City society that incorporated a wide range of people, from gangs forming in the Five Points, to the New York City Police Force, to the politicians of Tammany Hall; corruption was everywhere. All though all three of these are connected by themselves, a single linking factor tied the three even closer together, the Irish immigrant population. As a result of the large wave of immigrants that began in the 1840s and the concentration of so many Irish immigrants in such a small area, corruption became more readily available because those who were in high places were largely of an Irish background.