New York Exposed!: The Police Scandal that Shocked the Nation and Launched the Progressive Era

Hardcover | April 19, 2016

byDaniel Czitrom

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In an incendiary 1892 sermon given at the Madison Square Presbyterian Church, the Rev. Charles Parkhurst declared New York's municipal life to be deplorable and corrupt, controlled by "polluted harpies feeding day and night on its quivering vitals." While city officials denounced him as a"blatherskite" and a "cowardly defamer," Parkhurst set about gathering a slew of evidence to present in a later series of sermons that captivated city residents and the press alike. Parkhurst believed that only a Christian revival, combined with a new, non-partisan approach to governing, could saveNew York. Disguised as an out of towner, he toured New York's underworld, gathering evidence which he presented in sermons. Two years later, his crusade led the state senate to found the Lexow Committee, whose comprehensive investigation (including testimonies from nearly 700 witnesses) revealed thedark underside of New York's vice economy and the police force's complicity in it, effectively launching the Progressive movement. Animated by a colorful cast of characters ranging from the bosses of Tammany Hall to prostitutes and counterfeiters, Daniel Czitrom offers a vivid account of a formative time when muckraking journalism and urban reform were just beginning to alter the American social and political landscape. AsCzitrom reveals, the relationship between New York politics and the NYPD affected not only the life of the city, but of the nation as a whole.

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In an incendiary 1892 sermon given at the Madison Square Presbyterian Church, the Rev. Charles Parkhurst declared New York's municipal life to be deplorable and corrupt, controlled by "polluted harpies feeding day and night on its quivering vitals." While city officials denounced him as a"blatherskite" and a "cowardly defamer," Parkhur...

Daniel Czitrom is Professor of History at Mount Holyoke College, and the author of Media and the American Mind: From Morse to McLuhan (North Carolina, 1982). He was the history advisor on BBC America's production of Coppers.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:320 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:April 19, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. Parkhurst's Challenge: "A Lying, Perjured, Rum Soaked, and Libidinous Lot"2. The Buttons3. The City vs. The Nation4. The Road to Lexow, 1893-945. From Vote Fraud to Managing Vice: March-June 18946. Brutality and Oppression: September-November 18947. Higher Up: December 18948. ConclusionEpilogue