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Five Points


In Episode F, your hosts Kate and Kathleen describe the fetid rancid squalid nightmare that was the Five Points neighborhood.  This was the worst slum in the history of the planet.  (Okay, tied for worst with London's East End circa 1841.)  Learn where it was and how it came about.  Hear about the horrific living conditions, famous criminals from the area (including Hellcat Maggie!), and the reformers who helped spur unprecedented recovery.

If you want to learn more:

Five Points: The Book!

Gangs of New York: The Book!

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