Book Discussion on Island of Vice

Richard Zacks recounts stories of New York City in the 1890s, the hub of America’s manufacturing and financial world as well as the… read more

Richard Zacks recounts stories of New York City in the 1890s, the hub of America’s manufacturing and financial world as well as the home of an alternate economy, marked by casinos, brothels, and crime rings. These two worlds co-inhabited New York City until the election of Theodore Roosevelt as the city’s police commissioner in 1895. Mr. Zacks recalls the future president’s offensive against the city’s reputation as “Sin City” that entailed internal battles with Roosevelt’s police force and his appeal to two million New Yorkers to engage in other activities. Richard Zacks showed numerous illustrations during his presentation. Then he was interviewed b novelist Kevin Baker and responded to questions from members of the audience at this Tenement Talks presentation at the Tenement Museum in New York City. close

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Book Discussion on Island of Vice

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Public Affairs Event
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New York, New York, United States
First Aired:
May 13, 2012
Last Aired:
Sep 4, 2012

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  • May 13, 2012 | 3:59pm EDT | C-SPAN 2
  • May 29, 2012 | 6:46am EDT | C-SPAN 2
  • Sep 03, 2012 | 8:30pm EDT | C-SPAN 2
  • Sep 04, 2012 | 12:00am EDT | C-SPAN 2
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