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Reports of Gang-Related Violence in NYC - July 4-5, 1857

Reports of Gang-Related Violence in NYC on July 4-5, 1857

As immigrants continued moving to New York, the New York State Assembly passed a law to curb drinking habits. The Liquor Excise Law required that the city’s saloons would have to close on Sundays.

Many New York residents opposed the law and its impact which took effect on the 4th of July in 1857 - a Sunday that year.

Disregarding the law which was aimed directly at them, people of Irish descent who lived in the Five Points neighborhood kept their saloons open. When police tried to enforce the law, the Irish people - led by the "Dead Rabbits" gang - started a riot. The "Bowery Boys" gang aided the police.

Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper reported the events. Highlights of the story include these headlines:

  • Six Men Killed and Over One Hundred Wounded
  • Three Regiments Called Out
  • Riots [were in] the 6th, 7th and 13th Wards
  • Chimneys Hurled Down Upon the Populace

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Media Credits

Image, described above, online courtesy Library of Congress.

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