We will be discussing the role of the “boss” on the developing urban political scene at the turn of the 20th century and how we can interpret the political scene for our students. The primary source Plunkitt of Tammany Hall has been distributed to all grant members, and a guideline for discussion was provided at the Feb. 22 symposium. The guideline can be found on the link below. Another helpful article by Samuel P. Hays, “Reform in Municipal Government” will guide us in our discussion (see link below).
For those unfamiliar with the Cobb County online discussion site, WIMBA, this is a locally produced online discussion which will last for one hour. You will receive an invitation via email in early March that will explain how to access the discussion. You will also be urged to check out your computer before time of the session to make sure that all of the settings and plug-ins needed for the discussion are working. It is recommended that a “hard” cable access be used, as it is more consistently connected to the Internet and WIMBA site than wireless. You can usually find the “hard” access in the media center at school, but the WIMBA session can be attended from any computer or Internet connection. If you have multiple grant members at your school, you may enjoy tuning in together in a lab. Anyone who would like to attend the session in the grant office at Sprayberry is welcome.
TO WHAT EXTENT WERE BOSSES NECESSARY IN AMERICAN CITIES? (The PPT from our WIMBA session.)
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