Children of the City At Work and at Play

ISBN-10: 0345802977
ISBN-13: 9780345802972
Edition: 2012
Authors: David Nasaw
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Book details

List price: $18.95
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 9/18/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 5.00" wide x 8.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.594

This classic title, which was the inspiration for the story behind the new musicalNewsies, paints a surprising and indelible portrait of the bitter hardships, amazing resourcefulness, and unadulterated joys experienced by immigrant children in American metropolises at the turn of the century.The turn of the century was a time of explosive growth for American cities, a time of nascent hopes and apparently limitless possibilities. InChildren of the City,David Nasaw re-creates this period in our social history from the vantage point of the children who grew up then. Drawing on hundreds of memoirs, autobiographies, oral histories and unpublished—and until now unexamined—primary source materials from cities across the country, he provides us with a warm and eloquent portrait of these children, their families, their daily lives, their fears, and their dreams.Illustrated with 68 photographs from the period, many never before published,Children of the Cityoffers a vibrant portrait of a time when our cities and our grandparents were young.

David Nasaw is currently a professor of history and director of the Center for the Humanities at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, he lives in Manhattan.

Acknowledgments
Preface
The City They Called Home
At Play in the City
Child Labor and Laborers
The Littlest Hustlers
The Newsies
Junkers, Scavengers, and Petty Thieves
The Little Mothers
All That Money Could Buy
The Battle for Spending Money
The Children and the Child-Savers
Working Together
Unions and Strikes
End of an Era
Epilogue
Appendix: A Note on Sources: The Newsboy Studies
Abbreviations
Notes
Index

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