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This is the first modern edition of Jacob Riis's classic work to follow, in both content and layout, the original 1890 edition. The only teaching edition that includes all 51 of the book's original illustrations, this volume provides students with the full impact of tenement life and the living conditions of New York City's immigrant poor in the late nineteenth century. An extensive introduction by David Leviatin—both a historian and a professional photographer—places Riis and his work in the context of ...
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How the Other Half Lives: Studies Among the Tenements of New York

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This is the first modern edition of Jacob Riis's classic work to follow, in both content and layout, the original 1890 edition. The only teaching edition that includes all 51 of the book's original illustrations, this volume provides students with the full impact of tenement life and the living conditions of New York City's immigrant poor in the late nineteenth century. An extensive introduction by David Leviatin—both a historian and a professional photographer—places Riis and his work in the context of turn-of-the-century urban reform. Also included are extensive gloss notes on the text, a chronology, questions for consideration, a bibliography, and an index.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780512007865
  • Publisher: Facts on File, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/1/1970
  • Pages: 304

Meet the Author

DAVID LEVIATIN (Ph.D., Harvard) has taught American studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Harvard University, the University of Rhode Island, and Charles University in Prague. In addition to the publication of numerous articles, Leviatin is the author of Prague Spring: Notes and Voices from the New World (1993) and Followers of the Trail: Jewish Working-Class Radicals in America (1989). He is also a freelance photographer whose photos have appeared in several major publications including the New York Times Magazine.

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Introduction
Suggestions for Further Reading
A Note on the Text
How the Other Half Lives 1
Preface 3
Introduction 5
1 Genesis of the Tenement 9
2 The Awakening 17
3 The Mixed Crowd 21
4 The Down Town Back-alleys 26
5 The Italian in New York 41
6 The Bend 46
7 A Raid on the Stale-beer Dives 58
8 The Cheap Lodging-houses 66
9 Chinatown 73
10 Jewtown 82
11 The Sweaters of Jewtown 92
12 The Bohemians - Tenement-house Cigarmaking 103
13 The Color Line in New York 112
14 The Common Herd 120
15 The Problem of the Children 135
16 Waifs of the City's Slums 141
17 The Street Arab 147
18 The Reign of Rum 159
19 The Harvest of Tares 164
20 The Working Girls of New York 176
21 Pauperism in the Tenements 183
22 The Wrecks and the Waste 191
23 The Man with the Knife 196
24 What Has Been Done 199
25 How the Case Stands 209
Appendix 219
Explanatory Notes 225
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