The "Kidnapping Club" That Terrorized African Americans in 19th Century New York

A gang of unscrupulous racists, with the support of prominent city figures, attacked New York City's Black community in the 1830s, and inspired novel forms of resistance.

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Edgar Allan Poe and and the Rise of the Modern City

First published in December 1840, Poe’s story “The Man of the Crowd” encapsulates the mystery and fear that attended...