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Children of the City by David Nasaw

Children of the City

by David Nasaw

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Interesting--on my copy of the book, the blurb across the top about being the inspiration for the movie "Newsies" is blanked out. As it probably should be, since there is one short chapter about the newsboys' strike of 1899, and there wasn't much there to make a musical about. Basically, it's a study of children in the period of 1900-1920, focused mostly on New York but mentioning other cities also. Most of the "research" seems to have been from biographies of famous Hollywood stars who grew up in that period, further evidenced by the Epilogue, which expands on that theme. Interesting, but not very compelling. ( )
  tloeffler | Mar 13, 2016 |
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The turn of the century was a time of explosive growth for American cities, a time of nascent hopes and apparently limitless possibilities. In Children 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 Drawing on hundreds of memoirs, autobiographies, oral histories and unpublished--and until now unexamined--primary source materials from cities across the country, he provides us with a warm and eloquent portrait of these children, their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 City offers a vibrant protrait of a time when our cities and our grandparents were young.

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