BACK and 19th Century New York – In Photographs.

BACK and 19th Century New York – In Photographs.

Above Photo: Shades of the Wild West: 1887. A group of men loiter in an alley known as ‘Bandit’s Roost’ off Mulberry Street

My Vietnam War/Backpacker crossover novel BACK also contains references to the history of mid-to-late 19th Century New York, as well as some historical incidents relevant to the novel, especially around the former sweatshops and tenements of Crosby Street, which are now high-class apartments and exclusive retail stores.

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Children sleeping rough in an alleyway off Mulberry Street, Manhattan.

It also references the processing of immigrants arriving in New York through the Castle Garden immigration facility at the tip of Battery Park, well before Ellis Island opened in 1892, from where many millions of Americans first entered the country.

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Castle Garden Facility (lower left) and Manhattan in the 1880s.

The Castle Garden facility still stands in Battery Park, but it is now renamed Castle Clinton.

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Slum dwellers swear allegiance to the Flag.

It was therefore with interest that I saw a remarkable article in Britain’s Daily Mail newspaper containing some incredible photographs of 19th Century New York, all of which photos are copyrighted to Getty Images.

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Working in a factory in the Garment District.

They convey a real feel for the city as it struggled to cope with mass immigration from Europe and its resulting pressure on space, services, charity and also the resistance the newcomers received from already-established immigrant groups (Sounds familiar today, the world over, too).

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More flag-waving.

I’ve only used a few of the photographs and would recommend viewing the Daily Mail’s full article and photographs here: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2343204/Welcome-America-Poignant-black-white-pictures-brutal-hardships-endured-immigrant-families-19th-century-New-York.html

For a modern-day take on the Vietnam War and Adventure Backpacking into the jungles of Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia, see: http://peteralanlloyd.com/back-part-2/backpackers-meet-the-vietnam-war-back-screenplay-finally-finished/

For POWs left behind in Laos, see also:

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BACK Parts 1 and 2

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Front cover of BACK Part 1.

Front cover of BACK Part 1.

Front cover of BACK Part 2.

Front cover of BACK Part 2.

 

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