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Next to Godliness: Confronting Dirt and Despair in Progressive Era New York City Daniel Burnstein

Next to Godliness: Confronting Dirt and Despair in Progressive Era New York City

Daniel Burnstein

Published July 21st 2010
ISBN : 9780252077807
Paperback
224 pages
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To many Progressive Era reformers, the extent of street cleanliness was an important gauge for determining whether a city was providing the conditions necessary for impoverished immigrants to attain a state of decency--a level of individualMoreTo many Progressive Era reformers, the extent of street cleanliness was an important gauge for determining whether a city was providing the conditions necessary for impoverished immigrants to attain a state of decency--a level of individual well-being and morality that would help ensure a healthy and orderly city. Daniel Eli Burnsteins study examines prominent street sanitation issues in Progressive Era New York City--ranging from garbage strikes to juvenile cleaning leagues--to explore how middle-class reformers amassed a cross-class and cross-ethnic base of support for social reform measures to a degree greater than in practically any other period of prosperity in U.S. history. The struggle for enhanced civic sanitation serves as a window for viewing Progressive Era social reformers attitudes, particularly their emphasis on mutual obligations between the haves and have-nots, and their recognition of the role of negative social and physical conditions in influencing individual behaviors.