A Battle for the Soul of New York: Tammany Hall, Police Corruption, Vice and Reverend Charles Parkhurst's Crusade Againist Them,1892-1895 by Warren Sloat
History | Americas
A Battle for the Soul of New York: Tammany Hall, Police Corruption, Vice and Reverend Charles Parkhurst's Crusade Againist Them,1892-1895
Cooper Square Press; 1 edition (September 23, 2002)
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Disguising himself, Parkhurst plunged into New York's criminal underworld. There, in police-protected dens of prostitution, gambling and after-hours saloons, the uptown pastor of the Madison Square Presbyterian Church found the evidence for a sermon that rocked the city. Over the next three years this charismatic hero exposed the brutal police department; overthrew the corrupt political machine that ran New York; and instilled a fresh forward-looking spirit that resulted in a dramatic urban renewal.
Warren Sloat herein addresses such intriguing issues as: what motivated Parkhurst to take on such an implacable array of foes; how Parkhurst was able to unite the progressive elements of New York-uptown reformers, suffragist women, and poor immigrants; how "the blue wall of silence," even a century ago, covered up police wrongdoing; how women participated in Parkhurst's battle to win over the city; and how a naïve and idealistic pastor became a savvy political leader, a canny campaigner, and an influential voice in shaping public opinion.
A Battle for the Soul of New York chronicles the uncertain and shifting transition between the Gilded Age and the Progressive Era, and features anarchists, gangsters, swaggering cops, prostitutes, saloon owners, and a narrative that gathers momentum and sweeps to a rousing conclusion. It is the dramatic, previously untold story about how democrac