Tag: Working Class New Yorkers

Food and drink in the cross-sections of New York public life

1854-1857   Early 19th-century New York City was the epicenter of the boom of modern commercial society. One of its core features was the geographical division between home and work, which in turn helped spur a nascent food industry, composed of distinct segments, to provide for these modern commuters. Mass politics in the city was also born in this era…

Harper’s Weekly and the Perceived Rise of the New York Elite

1881-1897 New York City in the late 19th century was effectively comprised of just two social classes: the rich and the poor. The distinction between these two classes was so loudly pronounced on the streets of New York City that there was little room for the middle class. Harper’s Weekly, a New York based periodical with nationwide popularity in the…