The World of the B’hoys

Urban Violence and the Political Culture of Antebellum New York City, 1825-1860

by Michael Kaplan

The Astor Place Riot, May 10, 1849.

This is my dissertation which I worked on in the early 1990s. Though my interpretation of history has matured since I first did this research, it was the intellectual crucible where I first thought seriously about Jacksonian nationalism and how it shaped the development of the United States.