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Five Points: The Nineteenth-Century New York City Neighborhood That Invented Tap Dance, Stole Elections and Became the Worlds Most Notorious Slum by Tyler Anbinder

All but forgotten today, the Five Points neighborhood in lower Manhattan was once renowned the world over. It housed Americas most impoverished immigrants-the Irish, Jews, Germans, Italians, and African-Americans. Located in todays Chinatown and Little Italy, Five Points played host to more riots, scams, prostitution, and drunkenness than any other neighborhood in America. But it was also crammed full of cheap theaters, dance halls, prizefighting venues, and political arenas that would one day dominate the national scene. From Jacob Riis to Abraham Lincoln, Davy Crockett to Charles Dickens, Five Points horrified and enthralled everyone who saw it.
Drawing from letters, diaries, newspapers, bank records, police reports, and archeological digs, award-winning historian Tyler Anbinder has written the first history of this remarkable neighborhood. Beginning with the Irish potato famine influx in 1840 and ending with the rise of Chinatown in the early 20th century, the story of Five Points serves as a microcosm of the American immigrant experience.
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1860's Irish arrive in New York - Gangs of New York Movie

Gangs of New York: The History That Inspired the Movie

Registered in Ireland: Take a look at Manhattan alone, the different ethnic groups all living together. A member of the Wide Awakes, they call themselves, or the Know-Nothings and unfortunately, maybe the establishment itself could be at times be compared to Tammany Hall, which worked a certain way. It was a machine, it worked but I think it was kind of an angry reaction. The Goodfellas director also questioned the Electoral College — the US system of electing a president. Al Gore won the popular vote back in

Watching Gangs of New York calls to mind the often forgotten challenges Irish immigrants faced once they arrived in the United States; challenges that stands in stark contrast to the glorification of Irish ancestry that occurs in the United States today, especially on St. In fact, the vast majority of Americans probably do not even realize that 19 th century Irish immigrants were degraded by white Protestant Americans of English and German decent. They might even find the language used in the clip above to describe the Irish confusing. However, 19 th century New Yorkers would find the celebration of Irish ancestry today appalling. The majority considered the Irish a drain on society and their neighborhoods cesspools of sinful activity. To put it simply, they were hated.

The now orderly streets of Lower Manhattan were once at the mercy of the multiple gangs that dominated in the 19 th century. Some of the most prominent and powerful gangs were the rivals, the Dead Rabbits and the Bowery Boys, whose skirmishes scattered from what is now Chinatown to the Civil Center. The Dead Rabbits was made up mostly of young Irish men. Other Five Points gangs that would often join them in their fights against their enemies were the Plug Uglies, the Shirt Tails and the Chichesters. Their rival gang, the Bowery Boys were made up of volunteer firemen and were not immigrants.

The Five Points Neighborhood in "Gangs of New York"

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The new film Gangs of New York is an American story. It is a tale of vendetta as a family legacy set against the historical background of ethnic feuds in New York City in At the center of the story is Amsterdam Vallon, who has returned to the Five Points neighborhood of Lower Manhattan after growing up in an asylum. With the loss of their leader, the immigrants submit to the Nativists. As a result, Cutting dominates Five Points, lording over and exploiting persons and businesses like a twentieth-century mafia boss, all the while harassing and inveighing against the thousands of Irish arriving weekly in New York ports. This personal struggle is set against the bitter strife between Nativists and immigrants in Five Points, which is itself placed in the larger context of the Civil War and the Draft Riots.

Written by Jay Cocks, Steven Zaillian, and Kenneth Lonergan and directed by legendary director Martin Scorsese, 's Gangs of New York is a massive achievement in terms of period films based on actual historical events and people. Loosely based on Herbert Asbury's nonfiction book of the same title, the film honestly portrays the history of the gangs of New York with the Irish American immigration experience in the city and America. Scorsese went to great lengths to authentically recreate old New York City, building a massive set in Italy that replicated how the city used to look. With the backdrop of the Civil War and the tensions and dissension among New York City's citizens concerning the war, poor gangs from the Five Points would thrive and bustle as they fought for turf, respect, and power. Scorsese brilliantly used real-life events as well as historical characters to give authenticity to this film about a time in New York history that's not really known by the general public. The attitudes towards Irish immigrants, blacks, the Civil War, and those within and outside of politics were dead on and realistic according to the history of the time. This film portrays a brutal look at the history of America, and one of its most treasured cities.

It was a cheap slum that lured in the poorest and least fortunate: sweatshop workers, immigrants, and newly-freed slaves, all trying to scrape by side-by-side through some of the worst living conditions in the United States. It was far from peaceful. Five Points was a place where life was short and violent, where race riots would regularly break out, and where diseases spread like wildfire. It was a place of thieves, brothels, and intense poverty — and the place where the original gangs of New York were formed. Gang colors cropped up across Manhattan for the first time in the early 19th century. The Bowery Boys, a gang mainly made up of firefighters, would go out in red shirts and stovepipe hats; the Shirt Tails went out with their shirt untucked; the Plug Uglies wore oversized beaver hats; and the Dead Rabbits would head out with a rabbit nailed to a stick. A renowned pugilist and the inspiration for the character that shares his nickname in Gangs Of New York , Poole died in after being shot in the back by associates of his rival John Morrissey.

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