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  1. Gangs of New York

  2. New York City • 5 Boroughs • Manhattan (1) • Brooklyn (2) • Queens (3) • Bronx (4) • Staten Island (5)

  3. The South Bronx • 1950s – middle class communities - white, black, Irish, Jewish, Peurto Rican • Robert Moses – Cross-Bronx Expressway - Exodus from the South Bronx

  4. The South Bronx • 1970s – Slumlords - Burning apartment buildings • - Insurance $ - Abandonment

  5. The South Bronx • 1950-1970: Over 750,000 left the South Bronx • 600,000 lost jobs • Youth unemployment: 60-80% • Drug addicts – Heroin, Crack • Development of gangs

  6. Bronx Gangs • Savage Skulls • Black Spades • Savage Nomads • Ghetto Brothers • Seven Immortals • Roman Kings

  7. Outlaws • Community protection – junkies/burglars • Doing police dirty work • Violence – Gang wars (between clubs)

  8. Gang Initiations • Savage Skulls – Russian Roulette • Other gangs - Apache Line Movies

  9. Block Parties • Summer – food, music, community building • Music – turntables – Power: street lamps • Dancing – Disco/funk, Latino

  10. AfrikaBambaataa • Member of Black Spades • 1971 – Peace pact between gangs • Formation of the Universal Zulu Nation • Zulu Kingz – Bboys • Pioneer of Hip Hop • DJ (more to come)

  11. Rocking/Uprocking • Apache Line • Latin/disco/funk influences • Jerks/Burns – humiliate opponent • Gang members would rock • Battles led to fights