Children of the city
Children of the city
For American cities, the turn of the century was a period of exponential development, a time of nascent hopes and almost endless possibilities. David Nasaw’s Children of the City re-creates this moment in our social history through the eyes of the children who lived through it. Hundreds of memoirs, autobiographies, oral histories, and unpublished—and until now—documents were consulted.
For American cities, the turn of the century was a period of exponential development, a time of nascent hopes and almost endless possibilities. David Nasaw’s Children of the City re-creates this moment in our social history through the eyes of the children who lived through it. He paints a warm and eloquent picture of these children, their families, their everyday lives, their fears, and their dreams, based on hundreds of memoirs, autobiographies, oral histories, and unpublished—and until now unexamined—primary source materials from cities across the nation. Children of the City is a vibrant portrait of a time when our cities and grandparents were young, illustrated with 68 photos from the period, many of which have never been published before.
Mili – children of the city (long ver)
Victor, the main character of the novel, learns how life really functions outside of his four walls. The theme revolves around confronting truth, in which a young boy is forced to work hard and witness the vices that people have in society. The author shows how Victor was pressured to be a part of a culture that promotes child labor, sexual exploitation, and corruption at such a young age.
Victor is an Intramuros boy who was abandoned by his mother after his father died during a strike. He was introduced to the difficulties of life at a young age, unaware of what actually occurred in the real world. When his father died, his uncle offered him a job as a newsboy. Victor had no choice but to adapt to the life of a newsboy, which consisted of long hours of work and early morning business because it was his only source of income.
He was a caring father who always had Victor’s best interests at heart. He and his wife would argue about the strikes that were taking place across the world. He got a job at a waterfront and soon joined a strike with his coworkers.
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As seen in the novel, he is a hardworking and loving father. He is a dockworker who entered the strike to protest the poor pay they receive for the hard work they do every day. Sadly, he died as a result of a gunshot during the attack. He is the initial trigger for Victor’s eventual transformation.
Throughout the novel, Victor’s mother is portrayed as uncaring. She seemed unconcerned about her son, despite her obvious affection for Victor’s father. She cried and cried during her husband’s funeral, but she got over it and moved on to another man. She is an irresponsible mother who, in the end, left Victor to fend for himself.
Victor’s uncle, Tio Pedring, adopts him after his mother abandons him. Victor was hired as a newsboy at a newspaper with which Tio Pedring had a link. When Victor was happy with his job as a newsboy, he was extra nice to him, but when he made mistakes, his uncle would take it all out on him as a punishment.
Children of the city
Children of the City held a holiday delivery event on December 22nd, 23rd, and 24th, where over 300 gifts and food boxes were distributed to our program participants. During our delivery, our staff and volunteers were vigilant about ensuring protection, social distancing, and cleanliness. To learn more, go here.
Over the last 38 years, Children of the City has made over 300,000 home visits, delivered holiday meals and presents to 15,000 families in need, and helped thousands of families save their lives. Over 4000 children and youth living below the poverty line and at risk of educational failure have received intensive academic support from us over the last 15 years. COC is used to evolving needs and concerns of the at-risk populations we represent. As a result, when the pandemic struck, it was not an unfamiliar obstacle. We jumped right into action, mobilizing all of our money, alliances, and tried-and-true approaches to support communities in need. We’ll keep assessing the needs, providing resources and assistance, and documenting the results.