Analysis Of Honest Graft By Plunkitt

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The actual document begins with Plunkitt discussing the difference between honest graft and dishonest graft. He asserts that during this period of time many questions arose involving Tammany men becoming wealthy, while in office. This questioning defeated Tammany in 1901 due to the fact that the New York individuals thought some of the Tammany men were stealing from the city treasury. He argues that, “There’s an honest graft, and I’m an example of how it works. I might sum the whole thing by sayin’: ‘I seen my opportunities and I took ‘em” (49). Throughout the entire book, Plunkitt claims he did not own a dishonest dollar. He did, however, receive tips about property, and took advantage of the situation by buying land and selling the land at
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