Historian Timothy Gilfoyle recounts 19th century New York through the eyes of George Appo, a master pickpocket, sometimes con artist, and opium addict. Appo’s lifestyle of lifting was lucrative, as he often earned more in a night than the annual salary of many workers of the day. Join Gilfoyle as he rescues the hidden history of an emblematic character of the 19th-century industrial city.
A Pickpocket’s Tale:
the Underworld of Nineteenth-Century New York
Fri, Oct 6, 2006