Horatio Alger, Ragged Dick and the Vagrant Boys of New York with Rick Feingold


September 29, 2018
02:00 PM until 03:30 PM


The 1850s was a time when the Irish had fled the famine in their home country and arrived to New York in great numbers only to settle in ethnic ghettos. With no skills or education, little English and of Catholic faith in a Protestant culture, they faced discrimination for the available factory jobs. Many children became homeless and worked as shoeshine boys. Horatio Alger wrote novels about these boys and their rise from humble backgrounds to lives of comfort through hard work, determination and honesty. Rick Feingold will read excerpts from Alger's most famous novel "Ragged Dick" and learn about the "Gilded Age," the Newsboys Lodging House, Barnum's Museum and New York City during this period. Rick teaches "The Building of America" at Bergen Community College and holds a degree in History from Rutgers University. This program is free. No registration is necessary. Seats are on a "first come" basis.





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