A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

by

Betty Smith

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Mattie Mahoney Character Analysis

A local Democratic politician who throws a boat excursion and picnic on the Hudson River for families in which the husband is a registered Democrat. Mahoney provides Francie with her first experience of politics. When she goes to look for Mahoney at the picnic to thank him for the wonderful day he provided, she cannot find him anywhere. A man nearby tells her that Mahoney may not exist at all. Mahoney may be the name that the party gives to whomever leads the organization in a particular year. Mahoney is re-elected on Election Day, much to Francie’s excitement.
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Mattie Mahoney Character Timeline in A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

The timeline below shows where the character Mattie Mahoney appears in A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 24
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...They also make a point to woo children, for these are future voters. Therefore, the Mattie Mahoney Association sponsors a boat excursion for children and their parents every summer. Francie is ten... (full context)
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A beer keg is next set up. It is “free to all good Democrats.” Mattie Mahoney ’s band then plays songs that champion what a great man Mahoney is. Late in... (full context)
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...and picnic, the Democratic organization prepares for Election Day by making shiny white buttons with Mattie Mahoney ’s face on them. They distribute the buttons to the neighborhood children. The children play... (full context)
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...as well as a Democratic governor of New York, but all Francie knows is that Mattie Mahoney has kept his seat in office. (full context)