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Reformers versus Residents in Five Points: A Role Play
In this activity students learn about the religious, class, and ethnic tensions between reformers and residents in the working-class Irish immigrant neighborhood of Five Points. Students research roles of a Protestant reformer and two Irish women [...]
Neighborhood or Slum? Snapshots of Five Points, 1827-1867
In this activity, students look at census records from antebellum Five Points and compare them to depictions of the neighborhood and its residents. Students will evaluate whether observers described Five Points as a neighborhood or slum. The [...]
Analysis Worksheet: Davy Crockett Tours Five Points
This worksheet helps students analyze Davy Crockett's 1834 recollections of a visit to Five Points in New York City.
Analysis Worksheet: Charles Dickens Visits Five Points
This worksheet helps students analyze Charles Dickens' observations about the Five Points neighborhood during his 1841 visit to the United States.
Understanding the 1855 Census Database
This activity helps students navigate and make sense of the information available in the Five Points census database. In the activity, students use the database to test hypotheses about life and residents in the Five Points. For this activity, [...]