William Osborne Dapping (1880-1969) was an American journalist and editor from Auburn, New York. In 1930, the Pulitzer Prize Committee awarded him a special prize for his reportorial work in connection with the outbreak at Auburn prison in December 1929. Woody Register is the Francis S. Houghteling Professor of American History at Sewanee, the University of the South. He is the author of The Kid of Coney Island: Fred Thompson and the Rise of American Amusements, and he is coauthor of the two-volume series Crosscurrents in American Culture: A Reader in United States History.
"Provides the point of view of street kids or gang members,
something heretofore very hard to have access to in the primary
documents of the period, except in tiny bits and snatches. Here, we
have a booklength insider's account." -Keith Gandal, professor of
English, City College of New York
"Dapping's book is a welcome addition to Progressive Era books on the culture of the streets and, more particularly, street children, the objects of much moralistic, philanthropic, and official attention in this period." -Amy Schrager Lang, author of The Syntax of Class: Writing Inequality in Nineteenth-Century Americ