Book Talk: The Muckers: A Narrative of the Crapshooters Club [Rescheduled]
April 14, 2017
The Muckers: A Narrative of the Crapshooters Club is a fictionalized first-hand account of youth street gangs of New York City in the 1890’s. William Osborne Dapping grew up in the slums of New York City and rose to respectability through his participation in The George Junior Republic program and his mentor Thomas Mott Osborne. Dapping left the city streets to become a Harvard graduate, a journalist and editor of the Auburn Citizen, and the recipient of the first Special Award Pulitzer Prize in 1930 for his reportorial work regarding the Auburn Prison Riot of December, 1929.
Recounting his childhood, The Muckers is a rare view into the slums of New York City. The story is told completely through the eyes of youth street gang members who thronged the city defying and tormenting adult authorities. Historian Woody Register’s introduction explores its unusual value as a social and cultural history source.
Register is an historian and professor at Sewanee University of the South in Tennessee who began researching Thomas Mott Osborne in 2008 and became enthralled with Dapping’s story. In 2012, Register discovered the original writings of Dapping’s account as a child gang member, compiled the pieces, and composed the introduction. The Muckers was published in November 2016 by the Syracuse University Press.
Join us for a special lecture and book signing with Prof. Woody Register. Books will be available for purchase.
Admission: $5 for Museum Members and $7 for Non-Members. Call (315) 253-8051 for more information.