Theodore Roosevelt and Sin-Loving New York

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Richard Zacks describes the lewd underbelly of 1890s New York and the efforts of Theodore Roosevelt, then police commissioner, to clean it up. In Island of Vice: Theodore Roosevelt's Doomed Quest to Clean Up Sin-Loving New York, tells how young Roosevelt’s crackdown succeeded, even too well.


Richard Zacks

Comments [6]

Elle from Brooklyn

TR embodied the best and worst of his era and as such, he remains for me one of the most fascinating characters in 20th century America - thanks for this interesting segment.

Apr. 25 2012 01:00 PM

Kite Flying was probably a tip off from lookout's.

Apr. 25 2012 12:58 PM
Leo from Queens

BTW Leonard: The brother who died of Alcoholism was the father of Leonor Roosevelt.

As an aside:
I wonder if he had been black and not wealthy and living in LA - Would we think the cops had a right to beat him to death?

Apr. 25 2012 12:57 PM
Tam from Brooklyn

There is a book called Alienist that discuses Roosevelt's time as police commissioner.

Apr. 25 2012 12:53 PM
paul-Harlem from Harlem

what did they do with the manure?

Apr. 25 2012 12:47 PM
Ed from Larchmont

This was also a time when eugenics was beginning to be promoted in American society.

Apr. 25 2012 08:17 AM

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