How the Other Half Lives

How the Other Half Lives

Studies Among the Tenements of New York

Book - 1997
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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.
Publisher: New York : Penguin Books, 1997
ISBN: 9780140436792
Branch Call Number: 305.56909 RIIS 1997
Characteristics: xxvii, 228 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
Additional Contributors: Sante, Luc


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Mar 23, 2015

The pictures are heartbreaking and riveting.

May 23, 2012

A classic contribution of journalism and literature to the emerging issue of tenement life and urban squalor that was to be found in our New York of the 1890s. I had first heard about this due to the photographs, but the stories and anecdotes will hold the reader fast; offering both a glimpse of a past world, along with timeless grappling of the problem of the poor, of criminal elements, and of the efforts to integrate immigrant populations. Anyone interested in sociology, urban affairs, or simply American history could do worse than turn to this slim volume.


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