Immigration is a difficult balancing act
In 1895, fed up with rampant corruption and a flagging economy, the people of New York City swept into office the first Republican government in many decades. This brought with it a changeover in many city departments, including the appointment of new police commissioners.
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Upon taking charge of the city, one of the particularly energetic new commissioners’ first actions was to enforce a long ignored, and widely unpopular, law prohibiting the sale of alcohol on Sundays.
To fully appreciate just how quixotic this action was, we must remember that the 1890s were a time of 12-hour workdays and six-day workweeks. Sundays were often the only day of leisure for many of the city’s workers, and the prospect of facing
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