A Pickpocket's Tale: The Underworld of Nineteenth-Century New York

A Pickpocket's Tale: The Underworld of Nineteenth-Century New York

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by Timothy J. Gilfoyle
     
 

ISBN-10: 0393329895

ISBN-13: 9780393329896

Pub. Date: 08/27/2007

Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.

"A remarkable tale."—Chicago Tribune
In George Appo's world, child pickpockets swarmed the crowded streets, addicts drifted in furtive opium dens, and expert swindlers worked the lucrative green-goods game. On a good night Appo made as much as a skilled laborer made in a year. Bad nights left him with more than a dozen scars and over a decade in prisons

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"A remarkable tale."—Chicago Tribune
In George Appo's world, child pickpockets swarmed the crowded streets, addicts drifted in furtive opium dens, and expert swindlers worked the lucrative green-goods game. On a good night Appo made as much as a skilled laborer made in a year. Bad nights left him with more than a dozen scars and over a decade in prisons from the Tombs and Sing Sing to the Matteawan State Hospital for the Criminally Insane, where he reunited with another inmate, his father. The child of Irish and Chinese immigrants, Appo grew up in the notorious Five Points and Chinatown neighborhoods. He rose as an exemplar of the "good fellow," a criminal who relied on wile, who followed a code of loyalty even in his world of deception. Here is the underworld of the New York that gave us Edith Wharton, Boss Tweed, Central Park, and the Brooklyn Bridge.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393329896
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
08/27/2007
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
480
Sales rank:
472,322
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 1.07(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Preface
1The Trials of Quimbo Appo3
2Urchins, Arabs, and Gutter-Snipes18
3A House of Refuge at Sea30
Appo on: Violence41
4Factories for Turning Out Criminals42
5The "Guns" of Gotham59
6Drafted73
7Opium Dens and Bohemia81
8The Old Homestead98
9The Dives110
Appo on: Jack Collins125
10Tombs Justice127
Appo on: Good Fellows142
11Fences146
12"That Galling Yoke of Servitude"157
13Danny Driscoll and the Whyos178
14Eastern State Penitentiary196
15Green Goods204
Appo on: Jersey City223
16Poughkeepsie226
Appo on: Stealing Guys241
17The Lexow Committee243
18In the Tenderloin260
19A Marked Man271
20Buried Alive285
21A Genuine Reformation300
Epilogue: The Finest Crook315
Acknowledgments325
Appendixes331
1New York State Male Prison Populations, 1870-1900331
2New York State Prison Expenditures, 1866-1900332
3Sing Sing Death and Insanity Rates, 1870-1900333
4Auburn Death and Insanity Rates, 1870-1900334
5Clinton Death and Insanity Rates, 1870-1900335
Notes337
Illustration Credits435
Index439

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