How the Other Half Lives: Studies Among the Tenements of New York

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Penguin, 1901 - Social Science - 228 pages
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Jacob Riis's illustrated tour of New York's slums had an immediate and extraordinary impact on society, inspiring reforms that changed the face of the city. In 1890, when the book was published, the Lower East Side was a landscape of teeming streets and filthy tenements crowded with immigrants living in dreadful conditions. How the Other Half Lives brings them to life - the Italians, Jews, Bohemians (Czechs and Slovaks), Blacks, and Chinese - in precise descriptions of their habits and traditions, jobs and wages, rents paid and meals eaten, and explores the effects of crime, poverty, alcohol, and lack of education and opportunity on adults and children alike. Riis's reliance on specific, hard facts as the tools and weapons of social criticism pioneered the style of crusading journalism that continues today. His use of photographs (reproduced in this edition) to put faces to his stories was a landmark in photojournalism.
  

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User Review  - Marti - Goodreads

There is no doubt this book brought about huge changes in New York City policies toward the poor and indigent in 1890 when it was published. I just finished "Five Points" which motivated me to finally ... Read full review

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Dry but revolutionary I guess Read full review

Contents

Genesis of the Tenement
9
The Awakening
17
The Mixed Crowd
21
The Down Town Backalleys
26
The Italian in New York
41
The Bend
46
A Raid on the Stalebeer Dives
58
The Cheap Lodginghouses
66
The Problem of the Children
135
Waifs of the Citys Slums
141
The Street Arab
147
The Reign of Rum
159
The Harvest of Tares
164
The Working Girls of New York
176
Pauperism in the Tenements
183
The Wrecks and the Waste
191

Chinatown
73
Jewtown
82
The Sweaters of Jewtown
92
The BohemiansTenementhouse Cigarmaking
103
The Color Line in New York
112
The Common Herd
120
The Man with the Knife
196
What Has Been Done
199
How the Case Stands
209
APPENDIX
219
EXPLANATORY NOTES
225
Copyright

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About the author (1901)

Luc Sante teaches writing and the history of photography at Bard College. His books include Low Life, Evidence, and The Factory of Facts.

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