19th Century New York: The Famine Irish, Horatio Alger & Ragged Dick
Join us via Zoom for a virtual visit to 19th century New York. New York City of the 1850s was a time when the Irish fleeing the famine in their home country arrived in great numbers only to settle in ethnic ghettos. With no skills or education and of Catholic faith in a Protestant culture, they faced discrimination for the available factory jobs. Many children became homeless and worked as shoeshine boys. Horatio Alger wrote novels about these boys and their rise from humble backgrounds. We will read excerpts from Alger’s most famous novel, Ragged Dick, and learn about the Gilded Age, the Newsboys Lodging House, Barnum’s Museum among other subjects.
Presenter Rick Feingold teaches American Business History at Bergen Community College and holds a degree in history from Rutgers University.
This program is sponsored by Verona Public Library in collaboration with Fairfield Public Library, Ringwood Public Library and Wanaque Public Library.