Famous rivalries, including the true stories behind Gangs of New York, feature in a new AHC series called Blood Feuds.
When the Irish first came to America they were persecuted and they literally did have to fight for their fair share of what America had to offer.
Martin Scorsese based his movie Gangs of New York on Herbert Asbury’s 1927 book.
The legendary Five Points gangs had colorful names and varying degrees of notoriety — the Bowery Boys, the Dead Rabbits, the Plug Uglies, the Short Tails, the Slaughter Houses, the Swamp Angels.
Some were violent, some political, while all were Irish and at war within the boundaries of the Five Points during a time when America swelled with new immigrants, while “native” established Americans grappled with changes that also included freed slaves and their children coming North.
The perception of Five Points was it was a dirty, dangerous wrong turn in New York, where public drunkenness and prostitution were rife, but exaggerations abound for this area, as the entire city had its share of murder, theft and mayhem.
The new AHC show Blood Feuds focuses on some of the most famous rivalries from the period.