One of our Tenement Talks was recently posted to Thirteen FORUM, the online education arm of Channel Thirteen. The talk was with Jennifer Fronc, author of New York Undercover: Private Surveillance in the Progressive Era. The book details the way that Progressive-era reformers used private citizens (journalists, social workers) to spy on gangs, brothel workers, or radical political groups. Interestingly, she ties this era to the present day, suggesting that modern federal surveillance policy has its roots in the private investigations of the late 19th century.
Click here to watch the talk on Forum's website.