Ruling Suburbia: John J. McClure and the Republican Machine in Delaware County, Pennsylvania

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University of Delaware Press, 2003 - Political Science - 352 pages
Ruling Suburbia chronicles the history of the Republican machine that has dominated the political life of Delaware County, Pennsylvania, since 1875, and of the career of John J. McClure, who controlled the machine from 1907 until 1965.
 

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Contents

Introduction
11
Genesis of a Machine
15
The Progressive Era
42
From Spoilsman to Statesman
72
The RumRing
101
What Chester Makes
132
The Master Sorcerer
178
Black Republicans
210
Epilogue
238
Defendants and Unindicted Coconspirators
251
Population Tables
255
Notes
261
Selected Bibliography
323
Index
341
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