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How The Other Half Lives

by Jacob A. Riis
Editor Luc Sante

Penguin Publishing Group | November 1, 1997 | Trade Paperback

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First published in 1890, Jacob Riis''s remarkable study of the horrendous living conditions of the poor in New York City had an immediate and extraordinary impact on society, inspiring reforms that affected the lives of millions of people.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 256 pages, 7.73 × 5.07 × 0.44 in

Published: November 1, 1997

Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0140436790

ISBN - 13: 9780140436792

Found in: Current Events, Urban

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How The Other Half Lives

by Jacob A. Riis
Editor Luc Sante

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 256 pages, 7.73 × 5.07 × 0.44 in

Published: November 1, 1997

Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0140436790

ISBN - 13: 9780140436792

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List of Illustrations Introduction by Luc Sante Suggestions for Further Reading A Note on the Text How the Other Half Lives Preface Introduction 1  Genesis of the Tenement 2  The Awakening 3  The Mixed Crowd 4  The Down Town Back-alleys 5  The Italian in New York 6  The Bend 7  A Raid on the Stale-beer Dives 8  The Cheap Lodging-houses 9  Chinatown 10  Jewtown 11 The Sweaters of Jewtown 12 The Bohemians — Tenement-house Cigarmaking 13 The Color Line in New York 14 The Common Herd 15 The Problem of the Children 16 Waifs of the City’s Slums 17 The Street Arab 18 The Reign of Rum 19 The Harvest of Tares 20 The Working Girls of New York 21 Pauperism in the Tenements 22 The Wrecks and the Waste 23 The Man with the Knife 24 What Has Been Done 25 How the Case Stands Appendix Explanatory Notes PENGUIN CLASSICS HOW THE OTHER HALF LIVES Jacob A. Riis (1849–1914) was the first reformer to effectively convey to a wide public the unacceptable nature of living conditions endured by the urban poor. His use of the relatively new medium of photography brought an unprecedented power to his message. In 1870 Riis, born in Ribe, Denmark, arrived in New York as a Danish immigrant, one among thousands of the poor, friendless, and unskilled. Like so many, he frequently spent nights in police station lodging houses, the shelters of last resort in late nineteenth-century New York. He s
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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Introduction by Luc Sante
Suggestions for Further Reading
A Note on the Text

How the Other Half Lives
Preface
Introduction

1 Genesis of the Tenement
2 The Awakening
3 The Mixed Crowd
4 The Down Town Back-alleys
5 The Italian in New York
6 The Bend
7 A Raid on the Stale-beer Dives
8 The Cheap Lodging-houses
9 Chinatown
10 Jewtown
11 The Sweaters of Jewtown
12 The Bohemians–Tenement-house Cigarmaking
13 The Color Line in New York
14 The Common Herd
15 The Problem of the Children
16 Waifs of the City''s Slums
17 The Street Arab
18 The Reign of Rum
19 The Harvest of Tares
20 The Working Girls of New York
21 Pauperism in the Tenements
22 The Wrecks and the Waste
23 The Man with the Knife
24 What Has Been Done
25 How the Case Stands

Appendix
Explanatory Notes

From the Publisher

First published in 1890, Jacob Riis''s remarkable study of the horrendous living conditions of the poor in New York City had an immediate and extraordinary impact on society, inspiring reforms that affected the lives of millions of people.

About the Author

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

From Our Editors

Published in 1890, Jacob Riis's remarkable study of the horrendous living conditions of the poor in New York City had an immediate and extraordinary impact on society, inspiring reforms that affected the lives of millions of people. Riis's reliance on specific, hard facts as weapons of social criticism pioneered the style of crusading journalism that continues today. Photos throughout.