The Famine Irish, Horatio Alger, and Ragged Dick: 19th Century New York City

The Famine Irish, Horatio Alger, and Ragged Dick: 19th Century New York City

Date/Time
Date(s) - March 16
7:00 pm - 8:15 pm

In the 1850s, great numbers of Irishmen fled the famine in their home country, arriving in great numbers in New York, where they settled in ethnic ghettos.

With no skills or education, speaking very little English, and the of wrong religion (they were of Catholic faith in a primarily Protestant culture), they faced discrimination and difficulty in obtaining available factory jobs. As a result, many children became homeless and worked as shoeshine boys.

On Tuesday, March 16th, join historian Rick Feingold for a presentation about Irish immigrants in Gilded Age New York, and Horatio Alger, the author who wrote popular tales of these Irish street boys. His novels featured boys like these, who rose from humble backgrounds to lives of comfort through their own hard work, determination, and honesty. Rick will read excerpts from Alger’s most famous book, “Ragged Dick,” and will bring to life Gilded Age New York City, the Newsboys Lodging House, and Barnum’s Museum during this period of history.

Here is the meeting information:
The Famine Irish, Horatio Alger and Ragged Dick: 19th Century New York
Tuesday, March 16th at 7 pm
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83940283018
​Meeting ID: 839 4028 3018

Questions? Please contact wanaquelibrary@gmail.com.

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