Five Points The Nineteenth-Century New York City Neighborhood That Invented Tap Dance, Stole Elections and Became the World's Most Notorious Slum

ISBN-10: 0452283612
ISBN-13: 9780452283619
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Description: All but forgotten today, the Five Points neighborhood in lower Manhattan was once renowned the world over. It housed America's most impoverished immigrants-the Irish, Jews, Germans, Italians, and African-Americans. Located in today's Chinatown and  More...

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Book details

List price: $16.00
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 9/24/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 544
Size: 5.75" wide x 9.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.232
Language: English

All but forgotten today, the Five Points neighborhood in lower Manhattan was once renowned the world over. It housed America's most impoverished immigrants-the Irish, Jews, Germans, Italians, and African-Americans. Located in today's 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.

Tyler Anbinder is a professor of history at George Washington University. His first book, Nativism and Slavery, was also a New York Times Notable Book and the winner of the Avery Craven Prize of the Organization of American Historians. He lives in Arlington, VA.

Introduction
Prologue: The Five Points Race Riot of 1834
The Making of Five Points
Prologue: Nelly Holland Comes to Five Points
Why They Came
Prologue: "The Wickedest House on the Wickedest Street That Ever Existed"
How They Lived
Prologue: The Saga of Johnny Morrow, the Street Peddler
How They Worked
Prologue: "We Will Dirk Every Mother's Son of You!"
Politics
Prologue: "This Phenomenon, 'Juba'"
Play
Prologue: The Bare-Knuckle Prizefight Between Yankee Sullivan and Tom Hyer
Vice and Crime
Prologue: "I Shall Never Forget This as Long as I Live": Abraham Lincoln Visits Five Points
Religion and Reform
Prologue: "He Never Knew When He Was Beaten"
Riot
Prologue: "The Boy Who Commands That Pretty Lot Recruited Them for the Seceshes"
The Civil War and the End of an Era
Prologue: "So It Was Settled That I Should Go to America"
The Remaking of a Slum
Prologue: "These 'Slaves of the Harp'"
Italians
Prologue: "The Chinese Devil Man"
Chinatown
The End of Five Points
Notes
Select Bibliography
Acknowledgments
Index

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