Title: The Five Points
Date: ca. 1827
Source: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Copyright/Permissions: Public Domain
References: Tyler Anbinder. Five Points: the 19th-century New York City Neighborhood that Invented Tap Dance, Stole Elections, and Became the World’s Most Notorious Slum. New York; London: Free Press, 2001.
Location(s): The Five Points, New York
Commentary: The Five Points neighborhood was hit hard by the cholera epidemic of 1832 in New York City. At the time, neighborhood was largely made up of newly-arrived immigrants and Black Americans. Black communities were overrepresented as sanitation workers in the city and were disproportionately affected by cholera. The popular perception of Five Points shown in this image had discriminatory consequences which influenced the public health response to the 1832 cholera outbreak.