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In the mid 19th century New York City saw the first of several immigration waves Immigrants from various parts of Europe flooded the New World in hopes of better wages and living conditions for themselves and their families than those that existed in their native countries During these immigration waves the meaning of being American was redefined by these immigrants who struggled with creating an identity that best combined their native beliefs as well as those that were truly American One gang that arose during the mid 19th century in New York was the Bowery Boys a gang of American men who strove to maintain American ideals and flush the city of foreigners The Bowery Boys as evidenced in Elliot Gorns Good Bye Boys I Die a True American were sometimes heralded by the media as a group that personified the glory and patriotism of America in contrast in Joel Roses collection of cartoons entitled The Bowery Boys and Dead Rabbits the Bowery Boys are seen as a group of ruffians portrayed in other media sources as heroes when in fact they are the root of the many problems of political turmoil rage and destruction that plagued the city during this time period In Gorns Good Bye Boys I Die a True American Gorn analyzes the circumstances of the death of Butcher Bill Poole a major figure in the Bowery Boys Throughout the article Gorn glorifies the actions and personality of Poole depicting him as the typical American who worked hard respected those around him and enjoyed the pleasures of life that being an American afforded him In Gorns introductory anecdote of Pooles murder Poole is seen as polite he offers Morrissey and his friends apparently sworn mortal enemies of Poole a drink and is insulted by their rebuff Gorn 389 Gorn also notes Pooles financial wealth and extreme strength and pride as he took one hundred dollars in gold from his pocket proclaimed that
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