Related Topics

Boss: Richard J. Daley of Chicago - Chapter IV Summary & Analysis

This Study Guide consists of approximately 26 pages of chapter summaries, quotes, character analysis, themes, and more - everything you need to sharpen your knowledge of Boss.
This section contains 448 words
(approx. 2 pages at 400 words per page)
Buy the Boss: Richard J. Daley of Chicago Study Guide

Chicago has many precincts with each having a captain and assistants. They all are entitled to state jobs. Above the precinct captain is the ward committeeman, also know as "the clout", "our beloved leader." Vito Marzullo, a ward boss on the South Side, is known for delivering votes and selecting judges. He is given four hundred patronage jobs to fill. The amount of patronage jobs meted out to ward bosses is based on voter turnout. In earlier times, precinct captains were more powerful. To the fearful immigrants, he was their God. He helped them fill out papers and figure out their taxes and licenses. He helped them, but used fear as well to get their votes: "If you don't vote, you might lose your public housing." In the affluent areas, he provided errand services and made sure the garbage was collected on time and that the streets were cleaned. The...

(read more from the Chapter IV Summary)

This section contains 448 words
(approx. 2 pages at 400 words per page)
Buy the Boss: Richard J. Daley of Chicago Study Guide
Copyrights
BookRags
Boss: Richard J. Daley of Chicago from BookRags. (c)2014 BookRags, Inc. All rights reserved.