Almost Yesterday: The "Gangs of New York" Has Ties to Farmington, MO


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It seems like Almost Yesterday that the movie, “The Gangs of New York” shocked American audiences with its graphic portrayal of New York City in the middle of the nineteenth century. Martin Scorsese’s 2002 production is a shockingly violent account of the gangland struggle for the territorial control of lower Manhattan. The film grossed over two hundred million dollars and won a number of significant awards for direction, acting and music. Ticket sales were helped by the publicity surrounding the leading actors: Leonardo Dicaprio and Daniel Day-Lewis. Residents of Southeast Missouri were interested in this prominent movie due to the fact that it was based upon the 1928 book: The Gangs of New York: An Informal History of the Underworld, written by Herbert Asbury of Farmington, Missouri. Asbury was born in Farmington on September 1, 1889, the son of Samuel and Ellen Prichard Asbury. Educated in the public schools of Farmington, Asbury attended Carleton College and in 1917 joined the U. S

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