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How The Other Half Lives

by Jacob A. 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, 7.7 × 5.06 × 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

How The Other Half Lives

by Jacob A. A. Riis
Editor Luc Sante

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 256 pages, 7.7 × 5.06 × 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 IllustrationsIntroduction by Luc SanteSuggestions for Further ReadingA Note on the TextHow the Other Half LivesPrefaceIntroduction1  Genesis of the Tenement2  The Awakening3  The Mixed Crowd4  The Down Town Back-alleys5  The Italian in New York6  The Bend7  A Raid on the Stale-beer Dives8  The Cheap Lodging-houses9  Chinatown10  Jewtown11 The Sweaters of Jewtown12 The Bohemians — Tenement-house Cigarmaking13 The Color Line in New York14 The Common Herd15 The Problem of the Children16 Waifs of the City’s Slums17 The Street Arab18 The Reign of Rum19 The Harvest of Tares20 The Working Girls of New York21 Pauperism in the Tenements22 The Wrecks and the Waste23 The Man with the Knife24 What Has Been Done25 How the Case StandsAppendixExplanatory NotesPENGUIN CLASSICSHOW THE OTHER HALF LIVESJacob 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 soon left the city to work at an assortment of rural jobs, but returned in 1877 to find steady employment as a police reporter for the Tribune (1877–88) and
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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.