Bowery Boys

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For the group of actors who made a series of films between 1946 and 1958, see The Bowery Boys.
A view of a fight between two gangs, the "Dead Rabbits" and the "Bowery Boys" in the Sixth Ward, New York City

The Bowery Boys were a nativist, anti-Catholic, and anti-Irish gang based north of the Five Points district of New York City in the mid-19th century. They were primarily stationed in the Bowery section of Manhattan, which, at the time, extended north of the Five Points. It was said that the gang was so popular during its time that many of the lesser gangs of the Bowery followed it in its various fights with the Dead Rabbits. The Bowery Boys were the inspiration for the "Natives" group that fought the Dead Rabbits in the film Gangs of New York.[1] The leader of the group was William Poole, also known as "Bill the Butcher". In the film, the leader of the Natives is Bill "The Butcher" Cutting.

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  1. ^ "The War of 1812, Riots, and the 9th New York State Militia before the Civil War -". Headley, J.T. The Great Riots of New York, 1712 to 1873, Including a Full and Complete Account of the Four Days’ Draft Riot of 1863. New York: E.B. Treat, 1873. 2011-11-15. Retrieved 2014-10-04.