American Experience - Season 4, Episode 5 - Rotten Tomatoes

Scandalous Mayor


Episode Info

This program is part of the American Experience series, produced by PBS. In this episode, the topic is the rogue political boss of Boston, James Michael Curley. The iconoclastic Irishman won the support of the working class in this Eastern establishment city. Even being in jail did not deter his successful bid for office in 1903. Once in power Curley used the patronage system, as well as other methods of persuasion, to maintain his hold on city government for almost half a century. Archival clips, photographs, journalistic accounts, and the commentary of historians illustrate the story of Boston's colorful Mayor Curley.

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