|Performer name:||Richard Feingold|
|Mailing address:||39 S. Dorchester Rd
Emerson, NJ 07630
|Previous appearances at:||
Tappan Public Library, Haverstraw King's Daughters Public Library, Goshen Library, Cornwall Library, Finkelstein (Spring Valley)Library
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|Information last updated:||01/28/2019|
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|The Famine Irish, Horatio Alger & Ragged Dick-19th Century New York||
New York of the 1850s was a time when the Irish fleeing the famine in their home country arrived 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. We 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. Presenter: Rick Feingold teaches “The Building of America” at Bergen Community College and holds a degree in History from Rutgers University.
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