The very letters of the two words seem, as they are written, to redden with the blood-stains of unavenged crime. There is Murder in every syllable, and Want, Misery and Pestilence take startling form and crowd upon the imagination as the pen traces the words." So wrote a reporter about Five Points, the most infamous neighborhood in nineteenth-century America, the place where "slumming" was invented. All but forgotten today, Five Points was once renowned the world over. Its handful of streets in lower Manhattan featured America's most wretched poverty, shared by Irish, Jewish, German, Italian, Chinese, and African Americans. It was the scene of more riots, scams, saloons, brothels, and drunkenness than any other neighborhood in the new world. Yet it was also a font of creative energy, crammed full of cheap theaters and dance halls, prizefighters and machine politicians, and meeting halls for the political clubs that would come to dominate not just the city but an entire era in American politics. From Jacob Riis to Abraham Lincoln, Davy Crockett to Charles Dickens, Five Points both horrified and inspired everyone who saw it. The story that Anbinder tells is the classic tale of America's immigrant past, as successive waves of new arrivals fought for survival in a land that was as exciting as it was dangerous, as riotous as it was culturally rich. Tyler Anbinder offers the first-ever history of this now forgotten neighborhood, drawing on a wealth of research among letters and diaries, newspapers and bank records, police reports and archaeological digs. Beginning with the Irish potato-famine influx in the 1840s, and ending with the rise of Chinatown in the early twentieth century, he weaves unforgettable individual stories into a tapestry of tenements, work crews, leisure pursuits both licit and otherwise, and riots and political brawls that never seemed to let up. Although the intimate stories that fill Anbinder's narrative are heart-wrenching, they are perhaps not so shocking as they first appear. Almost all of us trace our roots to once humble stock. Five Points is, in short, a microcosm of America.
By the 1870s, the word was out about Colorado. East coast and Midwest prospectors, European immigrants, and African Americans newly freed from slavery, rushed to Denver to find work and their fortune in silver and gold. Captured here in almost 200 vintage images is the story of the African Americans who escaped the oppression and racism of the post Civil War South, and created a city within a city: the Five Points neighborhood of Denver. Named in 1881 for a bustling five-way intersection, the Five Points area became the commercial and social sector for African American churches, businesses, clubs, and homes, and the heart of Denver's black community. Showcased here are the photographs of once thriving Five Points businesses in the Welton Street business district, such as Otha Rice's Tap Room and Oven and the Rossonian Hotel, as well as the familiar faces of the Cosmopolitan Club, Madame CJ Walker, and Dr. Justina Ford, Denver's first African-American female doctor.
Praise for The Market Guys' Five Points for Trading Success "E*TRADE is a strong advocate of investor education, understanding a knowledgeable investor is a successful investor. The Market Guys have been a key contributor to our worldwide educational efforts - delivering hundreds of seminars to our customers around the world. This book encapsulates their years of experience with traders and investors, and is a must-read for anyone serious about trading. The Market Guys' Five Points for Trading Success provides an easy-to-understand and disciplined approach to trading through risk management. I highly recommend it." —Christopher Larkin, VP, U.S. Retail Brokerage, E*TRADE Securities (www.etrade.com) "The stock market is full of risk and uncertainty, but can bring great rewards to those who plan and execute properly. Rick and AJ give you the navigational tools to profit in the market through this book. Easy to read and understand, this book will help the novice and expert alike reach their financial goals. I recommend The Market Guys to help you along your journey!" —Astronaut Dr. Buzz Aldrin, Apollo 11, 1969 "The Market Guys' Five Points is much more than five points. Creating a plan, dealing with emotions, trading psychology, and technical analysis are just some of the topics explained." —James Bittman, Senior Instructor, The Options Institute at CBOE, and author of Options for the Stock Investor "Most people think trading markets is easy, but the process is fraught with pitfalls, snares, and delusions. This book is written by two savvy veteran traders. Applying the wisdom contained here will not guarantee success, but it will very definitely put the odds strongly in your favor." —Martin J. Pring, President of pring.com "This is a wonderful introduction to terminology and a fresh approach to the stock market. It gives the reader a language and way of thinking that is new, providing a great foundation for further research. These authors are to be commended for an excellent book on the stock market and how it works." —James P. Gills, MD, Director/Chairman of the Board of the Ironman Triathlon "The Market Guys have created the perfect recipe for financial success." —Nick Nickolas, Restaurateur, Nick's Fishmarket of Hawaii, www.nicksboca.com
"The Hero of the Five Points" is a rollicking short adventure set in 1853 in the world of the League of Seven fantasy series for middle-grade readers by acclaimed author Alan Gratz. Grab your aether pistol and your favorite stovepipe hat and join Dalton Dent as he tracks down the foul creature known as Mose. At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.
19th Century New York's most dangerous neighborhood comes back to life. The Five Points neighborhood, on Manhattan's Lower East Side, was home to the world's most dangerous criminals and impoverished immigrants. These two gritty stories ensure that this part of New York's history will not be forgotten.
THE FIVE POINTS CONCLUDED completes Rocco Dormarunno's retrospective into the Wild, Wild Lower East Side of 19th century Manhattan. Here is Hell-Cat Jane, whose sharpened wit, teeth and nails tear through a world dominated by men. Here are John and Bart, two gun-toting bank robbers who try to rescue a girl from a white-slavery ring. And here are Police Superintendent Michael Connery and his counterpart, Dead Rabbit gang leader Petey Daley, surviving, in their own ways, the chaos of it all. Mr. Dormarunno's previous book, THE FIVE POINTS, earned a position of "Suggested Reading" on the website WWW.IRISHINNYC.FREESERVERS.COM, as well as the following praise from Jo Shenman's cable-TV program, INTO THE 21St: "A terrific book about a period in New York's history which until recently has been swept under the rug. I urge everyone with an interest in history or New York to read it!"