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Children Of The City: At Work and at Play

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Thisclassic title, which was theinspiration for the storybehind the new musical Newsies, paints a surprising and indelible portrait of the bitter hardships, amazing resourcefulness, and unadulterated joys experienced by immigrant children in American metropolises at the turn of the century.

The turn of the century was a time of explosive growth for American cities, a time o
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ebook, 256 pages
Published May 16th 2012 by Anchor (first published 1985)
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Katie Schools
Jan 27, 2016 Katie Schools rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I chose to read this book because I had recently seen the play Newsies and really liked it. The musical is based on the book, which was equally as enjoyable. However, it helped me to have seen the play before reading the book.

The story paints a portrait of the bitter hardships, standing up for a belief, and joy experienced by immigrant children in American cities at the turn of the century. The turn of the century was a time of growth for American cities, a time of great hopes and limitless pos
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Dr. Robin Markowitz
Controversial, yet remarkable look at how young children, primarily boys, resisted and re-made the conditions of their existence in early 20th century U.S. cities. His chronicle of the newsboys' strike is vital history. The book is more controversial when discussing the actions of the so-called 'child-savers,' one of whom actually included social activist photographer Lewis Hine. He dismisses the action of these advocates as puritanical and fundamentally ignorant of the real conditions of the ch ...more
Nick
Oct 05, 2014 Nick rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is another book that I had to read for a class this semester.

I do have to say, this book is very well written, especially for nonfiction. It is by no means dry or scholarly. It was actually incredibly interesting. It was really nice to see this historical time period from a different perspective. It shed a lot of light on the generation that would become the Greatest Generation and would fight WWII (though that's hardly mentioned in the book at all).

If you are interested in American history
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Christopher Chiusa
Interesting work of revisionist history, most at the time had thought that the cities were a dangerous and inhospitable place. Very intriguing that the children were able to look after themselves and use their hard earned money on the newest forms of entertainment of the day. Cool stuff. Good evidence.
Daniel Maldonado
I read this captivating book for my History 478 (American Youth Culture) course at Cal State Univ. Northridge and enjoyed every minute of it. It was fascinating to read about topics like immigration, urbanization, industrialization, progressive-era reform, gender roles, and child labor from the perspective of the child. This book is easy to read, and hard to put down.
Ken Davidian
Oct 19, 2013 Ken Davidian rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This was an interesting book overall. I read it after seeing (and loving) Newsies on Broadway twice in six weeks. I am glad I read this book to know how the stage version of the story compared to actual events. (Final assessment... the stage version bears some resemblance to reality.)
Julie Whitaker
Mar 07, 2014 Julie Whitaker rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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For a book I was required to read, I enjoyed it. The book was both informative and captivating. However, there was a whole lot of information packed into this book and I felt overwhelmed at times.
Leonard
I really loved the chapters about the "Newsies" and the Boston Newsboys' Republic and the New York newsboys strike.
Chelsea
This is a good book, it just has a lot of information in each paragraph. Honestly I am still reading it.
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David Nasaw is an American author, biographer and historian who specializes in the cultural and social history of early 20th Century America. Nasaw is on the faculty of the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, where he is the Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr. Professor of History.

In addition to writing numerous scholarly and popular books, he has written for publications such as the Columb
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