Tag Archives: History

Rough Justice

The charming new Tammany Hall fixer, William “Wild Bill” Eustace (Billy Baldwin).

Series historical adviser Daniel Czitrom examines the corrupt political and criminal justice system prevalent in late 19th century New York City.

Haunted by the Draft Riots

Hattie Lemaster learns the horrific truth about the deaths of her sons in the Draft Riots.

Series historical adviser Daniel Czitrom explores the memory, fear, and pain of the worst civil insurrection in American history, the 1863 Draft Riots.

The Business of Prostitution

Corcoran visits brothel owner Eva in the Tombs.

Series historical adviser Daniel Czitrom offers a look at the business of prostitution in Five Points, a sex hub since the early 1800s.

The Opium Habit

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In terms of her opium use, Elizabeth was not unlike many women in the 19th century.

“Great Centers of Pestilence”: Public Health in Civil War New York

Dr. Freeman doesn't think that the other doctor's diagnosis of cholera is accurate.

Series historical adviser, Daniel Czitrom, discusses the death and disease that were caused by contaminated water and other health hazards in 19th century New York City.

The Meaning of Freedom

Sara's mother is shocked to see what Matthew and Sara have earned.

Like Sara’s mother, many newly freed slaves in 1865 had to adjust to living in the urban North.

Metropolitan Police Under Siege

Keating threatens Annie to make the police drop their weapons.

Series historical adviser Daniel Czitrom explores the hostility the New York Police Department faced during the Civil War.

“Shoving the Queer”: Professional Counterfeiters

Philemon Keating admires his counterfeit bills.

Series historical adviser Daniel Czitrom details a new type of criminal emerging in Five Points during the late 19th century – professional counterfeiters.

Recruiting for War: ‘Bounty Brokers’ in New York City

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Learn more about the bounty brokers who caused trouble for the detectives in Copper from the series historical adviser, Daniel Czitrom.

Who’s the Boss: Tammany Versus Republicans

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Series historical adviser Daniel Czitrom offers a closer look General Brendan Donovan’s career, and “ward bosses” of the mid-nineteenth century.