Bill's Books

Sex, Suffrage, & Scandal
in Gilded Age New York


A nonfiction narrative of 1872 New York, a city convulsing with social upheaval and sexual revolution and beset with all the excitement and challenges a moment of transformation brings.
From Chicago Review Press, April 2020
And from New York's Dutch Era

A Novel of New Amsterdam

The Mevrouw Who Saved Manhattan


"[A] romp through the history of New Netherland that would surely have Petrus Stuyvesant complaining about the riot transpiring between its pages."

- de Halve Maen, Journal of the Holland Society of New York

Side Stories

Woman for President

The life of Victoria Woodhull in Pictures

Woman for President

The Cartoonist vs. the Machine

Thomas Nast takes on Boss Tweed

Cartoonist vs. Machine

The Black Crook

Burlesque comes to New York in 1866

The Black Crook

Sketches from A Dirty Year

From Fisk's funeral to the French Ball

Sketches from A Dirty Year

New York Cityscape, 1872

Street scenes from Wall Street to Central Park

Cityscape 1872

A Dirty Year Portrait Gallery 1

Portraits of the leading actors

Leading Actors

Supporting Characters

More Portraits from A Dirty Year

Supporting Characters

The Claflin-Woodhull Family

Portraits from three generations

Family Portraits
Satire of the Age


There lived in Brooklyn, high above the bay,
A Pastor old, with spirit light and gay;
Of gentle manners as of generous race,
Blest, with much sense, true inwardness & grace,
Yet, led astray by Venus' soft delights,
He scarce could rule some idle appetites;
For all we know since Noah and the flood,
The best of pastors are but flesh and blood.

- Opening of a poem on Henry Ward Beecher's adultery, 1875.  FULL POEM


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Queens of Finance Victoria Woodhull & Tennie Claflin driving Wall Street Bulls & Bears



Anthony Comstock in court: "Your Honor, this woman gave birth to a naked child!"