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"Song of the Spinners"

The Lowell Offering was a magazine written by the young women who worked in the Lowell textile mills. It was published from 1840 to 1845. The magazine was supported by the city's textile companies, and it promoted morality and hard work among the [...]

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Item Type: Music/Song
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 [...]

Charles Dickens Visits Five Points

In 1841, English author Charles Dickens toured the United States. Dickens was known for his sympathetic depictions of the poor and working-class residents of English cities. However, American Notes, which he wrote about his time in the U.S., [...]

Item Type: Book (excerpt)
Davy Crockett Tours Five Points

By the 1830s, Five Points was infamous for its poverty, as well as for reports of corruption and immorality. Out-of-town tourists would make a special point to visit Five Points while they were in New York City. Davy Crockett, a famous American [...]

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.

Analysis Worksheet: The Day We Celebrate

This worksheet helps students analyze the 1867 Thomas Nast cartoon depicting an "Irish riot" on St. Patrick's Day in New York City.

Analysis Worksheet: Five Points, 1827

This worksheet helps students analyze the 1827 print depicting New York City's Five Points neighborhood.

Charles Dickens Visits Five Points (with text supports)

In 1841, English author Charles Dickens toured the United States. Dickens was known for his sympathetic depictions of the poor and working-class residents of English cities. However, American Notes, which he wrote about his time in the U.S. attacked [...]

Analysis Worksheet: The Declaration of Sentiments

This worksheet helps students analyze the 1848 Declaration of Sentiments.

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