Tammany Hall and Boss Tweed Inquiry Based Lesson Primary Source Analysis


In this activity, students explore whether Tammany Hall, led by Boss Tweed, prioritized aiding immigrants or engaging in corruption. They’ll read about its history, examine specific actions, visually weigh the organization’s impact, and analyze related cartoons.
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With this activity, students analyze the actions of Boss Tweed and Tammany Hall. They will determine if Tammany Hall was more focused on acting as a public servant towards new immigrants or on graft. Students will read a historical background discussing the major details, analyze specific actions taken by Tammany Hall (and Boss Tweed in particular), and then place those activities on a scale to visually weigh his actions. They will also analyze some of the cartoons relating to Tammany Hall. You can view more in the preview here – Boss Tweed and Tammany Hall.

Included in this resource:

  • A handout for students – Google Slides version (editable), PowerPoint (editable), and a PDF version
  • A Digital Version for distance learning with a Google Slides lesson and a Google Jamboard activity

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