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New York Undercover: Private Surveillance in the Progressive Era

Jennifer Fronc


To combat behavior they viewed as sexually promiscuous, politically undesirable, or downright criminal, social activists in Progressive-era New York employed private investigators to uncover the roots of society's problems. This book follows these investigators — often journalists or social workers with no training in surveillance — on their information-gathering visits to gambling parlors, brothels, and meetings of criminal gangs and radical political organizations. Drawing on the hundreds of detailed reports that resulted from these missions, the book reconstructs the process by which organi ... More

Keywords: social activists, New York, private investigators, surveillance, National Civic Federation, Committee of Fourteen, Progressive era, undercover investigation, national security, vice

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780226266091
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226266114.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jennifer Fronc, author