Urban Underworld in Late Nineteenth-Century New York: the Autobiography of George Appo With Related Documents

ISBN-10: 0312607628
ISBN-13: 9780312607623
Edition: 2013
Authors: Timothy Gilfoyle
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Description: Through the colorful autobiography of pickpocket and con man George Appo, Timothy Gilfoyle brings to life the opium dens, organized criminals, and prisons that comprised the rapidly changing criminal underworld of late nineteenth-century America.  More...

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Book details

List price: $20.99
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Bedford/Saint Martin's
Publication date: 1/4/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 208
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.396
Language: English

Through the colorful autobiography of pickpocket and con man George Appo, Timothy Gilfoyle brings to life the opium dens, organized criminals, and prisons that comprised the rapidly changing criminal underworld of late nineteenth-century America. The book's introduction and supporting documents, which include investigative reports and descriptions of Appo and his world, connect Appo's memoir to the larger story of urban New York and how and why crime changed during this period. It also explores factors of race and class that led some to a life of crime, the experience of criminal justice and incarceration, and the masculine codes of honor that marked the emergence of the nation's criminal subculture. Document headnotes, a chronology, questions for consideration, and a selected bibliography offer additional pedagogical support.

Foreword
Preface
List of Illustrations
Introduction: Cultures of Crime
Who Was George Appo?
The Rise of the Pickpocket
Drugs and Crime
Green Goods
Policing the Industrial City
Politics and Crime
The Penitentiary
Good Fellows
Progressive Criminology
The Criminal Memoir
Appo Transformed
Appo's Memory
Appo and the Emergence of Organized Crime
The Autobiography of George Appo
Childhood
The Penitentiary
Jack Collins, Tom Lee, and Fred Crage
Sing Sing Again
Philadelphia
Thomas Wilson
Green Goods
Poughkeepsie
Clinton Again
Stealing Guys
The Lexow Committee
In the Tenderloin
Violence
Matteawan
Reform
Good Fellows
Reflections
Related Documents
George Appo in His Words and Those of Others
Louis J. Beck, New York's Chinatown, 1898
George Appo, Letter to Governor Theodore Roosevelt, May 9, 1899
Dr. Henry E. Allison, Report on George W. Appo, 1899
Lewis E. Lawes, Twenty Thousand Years in Sing Sing, 1932
Bronx Home News, Obituary of George Appo, June 15, 1930
Subcultures of Crime
George W. Matsell, Vocabulum; or. The Rogue's Lexicon, 1859
New York State Assembly, Report of the Select Committee Appointed by the Assembly of 1875 to Investigate the Causes of the Increase of Crime in the City of New York, 1876
New York State Senate, Report and Proceedings of the Senate Committee Appointed to Investigate the Police Department of the City of New York, 1895
Thomas Byrnes, Professional Criminals of America, 1886
Lincoln Steffens, The Underworld, 1931
William X Stead, King McNally and His Police, 1898
The Criminal in Popular Culture
Illustrated American, Review of In the Tenderloin, 1895
Appendixes
A Quimbo and George Appo Chronology (1820s-1930)
Questions for Consideration
Selected Bibliography
Index

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