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The Urban Underworld in Late Nineteenth-Century New York: The Autobiography of George Appo
First EditionTimothy Gilfoyle©2013
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Through the detailed story of George Appo, pickpocket and con-man, Urban Underworld in Late Nineteenth-Century New York: The Autobiography of George Appo presents nineteenth-century urban New York and how and why crime was changing. Exploring 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, the text features supporting documents such as investigative reports.
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Table of Contents
PART ONE. Introduction: Cultures of Crime
Who was George Appo?
The Rise of the Pickpocket
Drugs and Crime
Policing the Industrial City
Politics and Crime
The Criminal Memoir
PART TWO. The Document: The Autobiography of George Appo
Jack Collins, Tom Lee, and Fred Crage
Sing Sing Again
The Lexow Committee
In the Tenderloin
PART THREE. Related Documents
George Appo in His Words and Others
1. Louis Beck, New York’s Chinatown (1898)
2. George Appo, Letter to Gov. Theodore Roosevelt of New York, May 9, 1899
3. Dr. Henry E. Allison, Report on George Appo, 1899
4. Lewis Lawes, excerpt from Twenty Thousand Years in Sing Sing (1932)
5. Bronx Home News, Obituary on George Appo, June 15, 1930
Subcultures of Crime
6. George W. Matsell, Vocabulum; or, The Rogue’s Lexicon (1859)
7. 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)
8. New York State Senate, Report and Proceedings of the Senate Committee Appointed to Investigate the Police Department of the City of New York (1895)
9. Thomas Byrnes, "Methods of Professional Criminals of America," in Professional Criminals of America (1886)
10. Lincoln Steffens, "The Underworld" in The Autobiography of Lincoln Steffens (1931)
11. William T. Stead, "King McNally and His Police," in Satan’s Invisible World Displayed, or, Despairing Democracy: A Study of Greater New York (1898)
The Criminal in Popular Culture
12. Review of In the Tenderloin in The Illustrated American (1895)
A George Appo Chronology (1856-1930)
Questions for Consideration