Fall 1999

April 3 through April 12

The Five Points

Read Foster, New York by Gaslight

Tuesday, April 3 Economic Boom
Thursday, Arpil 5 New Immigration

Tuesday, April 10 The Urban Menace
Thursday, April 12 Discuss Foster, New York by Gaslight


Discussion

Large cities had been part of American since the revolution--Philadelphia, for example, was the second largest city in the British Empire by 1776. But urban life changed in the Jacksonian era. Cities like New York spurred by industrialization and by improvements like the Erie Canal, the steamship and later the railroad, grew incredibly quickly. They becae increasingly eciting ad increasingly worrisome. Click on the icon below to visit the notorius five points slum, or take a walk up Broadway to Barnum's Museum


The Old Brewery, The Five Points' notorious center of murder and squalor.

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Or take a walk up Broadway to Barnum's Museum