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Did William M Tweed Corrupt Post-Civil War New York Alexander B Callow Jr The Tweed Ring vs Leo Hershkowitz Tweeds New York Another Look Alexander B Callow insists that Tweed exercised sinister influence over the city and state governments Callow a professor of history wrote a book about William Tweed and was published in 1966 Callow tries to prove that Tweed corrupted the citys government by pay offs kick-backs and other forms of graft Callow defines a ring as something that encircles enough influential men in the organization of each party to control the action of both party machines men who in public push to extremes the abstract ideas of their respective parties while they secretly join their hands in schemes for personal power and profit Callow shows evidence that Tweed was head of a ring that stole millions if not hundreds of millions of dollars through the corruption of the state and local governments In 1977 professor of history Leo Hershkowitz wrote a book about William Tweed and argues that the Tweed Ring is a myth Hershkowitz believes that Tweed was an easy target and Tweeds image was fabricated by journalists and cartoonists to sell newspapers and magazines Tweed he claims was a devoted public servant for over twenty years He also believes that New Yorks diversity of peoples and interests made it impossible for one person to control the political realm to the extent that Tweeds critics claimed Hershkowitz points out that neither Tweed nor any of his members within the ring were ever convicted of graft of theft Callow made several points in his essay that indicate that Tweed did corrupt the city and state government and also stole millions of dollars from tax payers He cites the example of the citys hiring of a contractor to install the electrical fire alarm system Tweed altered the bill and asked the contractor If we give a contract for 450000 will you
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