Still on the theme of cities and urban history there are two new reviews this week.

In the first Kate Bradley reviews (no. 769) Andrew Davies’ book The Gangs of Manchester, the inspiration for the play Angels With Manky Faces which opens next week.

New York is the setting for our second review (no. 770), in which Bronwen Everill discusses African or American? Black Identity in New York City, 1784-1861, a new work by Leslie Alexander examining the development of political activism and nascent Black Nationalism in a specific urban community.

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