Daniel Czitrom is the Ford Foundation Professor of History at Mount Holyoke College. His latest book is New York Exposed: The Gilded-Age Police Scandal that Launched the Progressive Era (2016). He is a coauthor, with Bonnie Yochelson, of Rediscovering Jacob Riis: Exposure Journalism and Photography in Turn of the Century New York (2008), and his Media and the American Mind: From Morse to McLuhan (1982) received the American Historical Association's First Book Award and has been translated into Chinese and Spanish. He is also a coauthor of Out of Many: A History of the American People (8th edition, 2015), which was banned from Texas high schools in 2003. Czitrom has appeared as a featured on-camera consultant for numerous documentaries and he was a historical adviser for BBC America's historical drama, "Copper." He is also a member of the Society of American Historians.
A narrative account of the first major crusade to clean up Gotham in the 1890s, and how it morphed into a public reckoning over what New York--and the American city--had become since the Civil War