... such arrangements had become routine in the big Northern and
Midwestern cities that formed a pillar of the national Democratic Party
that Franklin Roosevelt had built, another pillar being the
segregationist strongholds of the South. Labor unions, a key part of the
Democratic Party base, often employed the mob as muscle, an arrangement
pioneered in New York City in the 1920s by the crime boss Arnold “the
Brain” Rothstein. Versions of this structure were found in other cities,
too. Chicago was perhaps America’s most notorious mob-run town, the
fiefdom of gangsters such as Al Capone. In Kansas City, arrangements
were made by Tom Pendergast, a one-time alderman and Democratic Party
chairman who ran a large-scale patronage operation, controlling
elections, government contracts and more.
Franklin Roosevelt had the audacity to weld together a coalition of the
poor and dispossessed with progressive technocrats, white
segregationists, labor unions and organized crime.
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