The Battle Against the Slums; or, Life in New York's Great Underworld. William Lloyd CLARK.

The Battle Against the Slums; or, Life in New York's Great Underworld

Milan, Illinois: Truth and Light Publishing House, 1913. First edition. Octavo (22 cm). Original yellow wrappers; 87, [1] pp., [4] pp., adverts; illus. A scarce social reform title by the Klan sympathizer and virulent anti-Catholic lecturer, writer and publisher, William Lloyd Clark, who presents a sensationalized report of contemporary urban social problems such as prostitution, alcoholism, poverty, organized crime, etc. Clark appears to have been most influenced by Helen Stuart Campbell's massive work, Darkness and Daylight in New York (1891), and dutifully includes excerpted chapters from that work. Besides his own essays, he also includes an essay by the social reformer, Edward Markham, and poems by William Windsor. Clark was a prolific author and self-published many books under his Rail Splitter and Truth and Light imprints. He also published "The Rail Splitter," self-described as the "greatest anti-Catholic monthly paper on the American continent" (Fox, Everyday Klansfolk). No other copies of this title in the trade (August 2016) and only one copy found in OCLC (Wisconsin Historical Society). Some grazing along the top edge; some loss to spine. A Good copy of an uncommon title. Item #03063

Price: $150.00

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