The Great Bridge - Part 2, Chapter 11 Summary & Analysis

David McCullough
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Part 2, Chapter 11 Summary and Analysis

"The Past Catches Up" tells how the Tweed Ring collapses and begins the story of the Great Bridge becoming embroiled in scandal and politics. The rather offhand way in which the Bridge Company is chartered and has operated come under scrutiny as Tweed's part in the project comes to light. On May 8, 1871, The New York caisson slides smoothly into the river, and. Kinsella hails Kingsley as the founder who risked more fortune and reputation than anyone. Kingsley toasts Roebling, who refuses to speak. It takes seven months to fit out, tow, position, and sink the caisson, and by then the Tweed Ring has collapsed.

Tweed greets 1871 at the annual Americus Club Ball expecting a very good year. His men, Hall and Hoffman, mayor and Governor respectively, are expected to advance to Governor and President, and Tweed to the U...

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