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Director’s Choice for Fall 2016

The Muckers
A Narrative of the Crapshooters Club

William Osborne Dapping
Edited and with an Introduction by Woody Register

Hardcover $59.95s    |    978-0-8156-3440-9    |    2016

Paper $24.95    |    978-0-8156-1063-2    |    2016

ebook 978-0-8156-5362-2

Written in the vernacular of the streets, a firsthand account of the author’s youth as a member of a boys’ gang in 1890s New York City.

"The Muckers, a long-unpublished and thinly-veiled memoir laced with grime and grit, takes you inside the world of New York City street kids in the 1890s. Written with energy in the voice of a gang member, and complemented by Woody Register’s historical introduction, the book brings to life children otherwise glimpsed in police reports and the anxieties of urban reformers. It’s a dead cinch: The Muckers can teach us a lot about youth, poverty and urban reform."—Robert W. Snyder, author of Crossing Broadway: Washington Heights and the Promise of New York City

"Provides the point of view of street kids or gang members, something heretofore very hard to have access to in the primary documents of the period, except in tiny bits and snatches. Here, we have a booklength insider’s account."—Keith Gandal, professor of English, City College of New York

"Dapping’s book is a welcome addition to Progressive Era books on the culture of the streets and, more particularly, street children, the objects of much moralistic, philanthropic, and official attention in this period"—Amy Schrager Lang, author of The Syntax of Class: Writing Inequality in Nineteenth-Century America

  The Muckers

  William Osborne Dapping (1880–1969) was an American journalist and editor from Auburn, New York. In 1930, the Pulitzer Prize Committee awarded him a special prize for his reportorial work in connection with the outbreak at Auburn prison in December 1929. Woody Register is the Francis S. Houghteling Professor of American History at Sewanee, the University of the South. He is the author of The Kid of Coney Island: Fred Thompson and the Rise of American Amusements, and he is coauthor of the two-volume series Crosscurrents in American Culture: A Reader in United States History.

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6 x 9, 272 pages, 10 black-and-white photographs, annotations, index

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