chapter  III
55 Pages

1830-1860

The "people," upstanding, down to earth, forthright republicans, were being swept by a rampaging economy into increasingly polarized classes; within forty years their modest, worthy, plainspoken houses were to be hemmed i n and embarrassed on one hand by the opulent and overbearing mansions of F i f th Avenue and on the other by a mortifying skid row known as the " F i v e Points."