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Reformers versus Residents Character Planning worksheet

This worksheet helps students research their characters for a role play in the "Reformers versus Residents in Five Points" classroom activity.

Statistics about Life in Five Points

Five Pointers were destitute when they arrived and settled in New York’s poorest and most run-down neighborhood. On top of this, Irish Five Pointers worked for some of the lowest wages in the most dangerous and unstable jobs in the city. [...]

"Two Views of a Dead Rabbit"

This essay examines two images of members of an Irish street gang in the mid-nineteenth century that address issues of immigrant stereotyping, urban immigration, poverty, and reform in the wake of large-scale Irish immigration. The link includes the [...]

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 [...]

"Five Points, 1827"

This print, by an unknown illustrator, is based on an earlier oil painting by the artist George Catlin (who later become famous for his portraits of Native Americans in the West). Like the original, the print depicts a street view of “Paradise [...]

Item Type: Poster/Print
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.