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Five Points in 1859

This print showing a view of one of New York City's more notorious poor neighborhoods offers a variety of picturesque and sensational incidents, including an assault in broad daylight. It also indicates that African Americans worked and resided in a district usually identified as composed largely of Irish immigrants.

The Five Points in 1859
Source | D. T. Valentine, comp., "The Five Points in 1859," Manual of the Corporation of the City of New York for 1860 (McSpedon & Baker: New York, 1860), 397.
Creator | Unknown
Item Type | Poster/Print
Cite This document | Unknown, “Five Points in 1859,” SHEC: Resources for Teachers, accessed September 21, 2023,

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