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Five Points : the 19th-century New York City neighborhood that invented tap dance, stole elections, and became the world's most notorious slum

Author: Tyler Anbinder
Publisher: Princeton, N.J. : Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic, 2003.
Edition/Format:   Audiobook on CD : CD audio : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Audio book, etc.
Document Type: Sound Recording
All Authors / Contributors: Tyler Anbinder
OCLC Number: 53104816
Notes: Originally published: New York : Plume, ©2001.
"A Plume Book."
Description: 1 audio disc : digital, mono ; 4 3/4 in.
Contents: Prologue: The Five Pints Race Riot of 1834; 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 sage 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 When He Was Beaten"; Riot --
Prologue: "The Boy Who Commands That Pretty Lot Recruited Them for the Seceshes"; Civil War and the end of an era --
Prologue: "So It Was Settled That I Should Go to America"; Remaking of a slum --
Prologue: "These Slaves of the Harp"; Italians --
Prologue: "The Chinese Devil Man"; Chinatown --
End of Five Points.
Responsibility: Tyler Anbinder.

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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.-Back cover.

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