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This is a photograph of the February 1, 1929 front page of the “Moorish Guide”–the national edition of the Moorish Science Temple’s official newspaper. The headlines of the paper indicate that the Prophet Drew Ali has commanded his followers to elect…

moorish guide.jpg
This is a photograph of the February 1, 1929 front page of the “Moorish Guide”–the national edition of the Moorish Science Temple’s official newspaper. The headlines of the paper indicate that the Prophet Drew Ali has commanded his followers to elect…

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This is a movie poster for the 1937 melodrama film, The Black Legion. This Warner Brothers production starred Humphrey Bogart (prior to his widespread fame) as a midwestern factory worker who joins the Black Legion. The film’s story is based on the…

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Portrait photo of Lt. Gen. John L. DeWitt.

This is the song "All Coons Look Alike to Me" written by Ernest Hogan.

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This advertisement claims that the electric belt can cure illness and "revitalize" the bodies of weak men and women: "If you are a weakling through violating nature's laws, if you suffer from lost strength, prostatitis, varicocele, if you are a…

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Sam Harman
Dr. Sharon Leon
December 7, 2010


The Role of the FHA in Creating
Racial Ghettos in Chicago
The Federal Housing Administration, created to stabilize the housing…

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This photograph shows the Five Points Mission building, and its caption reads, "In Name Only." Though the church attempted to infiltrate the Five Points society, it was highly unsuccessful, as life in the neighborhood had already far exceeded the…

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This sketch shows the daily debauchery that occurred within the confines of the Five Points neighborhood. The group in the foreground of the sketch seem to be completely ignoring the violent outbreak going on behind them.

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This 19th century sketch shows the scene that Dickens would have witnessed during his visit to Five Points. Dickens was led to compare the neighborhood's residents to the pigs that freely roam the streets. Saloons were at the heart of the immoral…
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