Mary Elizabeth Brown, Archivist at Marymount Manhattan College, reviews Next to Godliness: Confronting Dirt and Despair in Progressive Era New York City. The book is about street cleaning in New York City from the 1890s to World War I. The author argues that this development was part of a social contract in which everyone had the right for their garbage to be taken away. Immigrants were included in this system both as employees entitled to fair wages, and citizens who could expect for their garbage to be removed.
Read the book review at http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1747-7379.2006.040_3.x/full