During the gilded age: what was the purpose of the city's political machines?

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during the gilded age: what was the purpose of the city’s political machines?

Answer:

Political machines served to consolidate political power and influence in the hands of a powerful individual and/or small group, which works through a many lower workers and individuals by granting them favors as part of the spoils system. Often times, new immigrants would receive help from political machines in return for their political support and votes.