Hookers, Crooks and Kooks, Part II Crooks and Kooks


In this volume of Hookers, Crooks, and Kooks, occupations from the old Cher song, ‘Gypsies, Tramps, and Thieves,’ were located in the 1880 United States Federal Census, along with quack doctors, phrenologists, chicken thieves, circus performers, ballet dancers (as well as the more notorious ‘Hurdy Dancers’), clairvoyants, bummers, and drunks. Baseball players are also included, although they don’t really fit the criteria of a crook or kook, but as the sport was so new, these occupations were rarities. People who had died by the census date may also be listed in the census with ‘dead’ as the occupation. Research using the online entries for the 1880 United States Federal Census at Ancestry.com led to the amazing fact that gambling was the most prominent occupation with 1,313 men and women listed.

Jana Sloan Broglin, CG

ISBN: 9780788445507