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How the other half lives: studies among the tenements of New York

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Jacob Riis was one of the very few men who photographed the slums of New York at the turn of the twentieth century, when as many as 300,000 people per square mile were crowded into the tenements of New York's Lower East Side. The filth and degradation made the area a hell for the immigrants forced to live there. Riis was one of those immigrants, and, after years of abject poverty, when he became a police reporter for the New York Tribune, he exposed the shameful conditions of life with which he was all too familiar. Today, he is best remembered as a compassionate and effective reformer and as a pioneer photo-journalist. In How the Other Half Lives, New Yorkers read with horror that three-quarters of the residents of their city were housed in tenements and that in those tenements rents were substantially higher than in better sections of the city. In his book Riis gave a full and detailed picture of what life in those slums was like, how the slums were created, how and why they remained as they were, who was forced to live there, and offered suggestions for easing the lot of the poor. Riis originally documented all his studies with photographs. However, since the half-tone technique of photo reproduction had not been perfected, the original edition included mainly reductions in sketch-form of Riis' photographs. These could not begin to capture what Riis' sensitive camera caught on film. The anguish and the apathy, the toughness and the humiliation of the anonymous faces is all but obliterated in the sketches. This Dover edition includes fully 100 photographs, many famous, and many less familiar, from the Riis collection of the City Museum, and their inclusion here creates a closer conformity to Riis' intentions than did the original edition.
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full_title how the other half lives studies among the tenements of new york
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author Riis, Jacob A. (Jacob August), 1849-1914.
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display_description A classic early example of "muck-racking" journalism, or reporting by reform-minded American journalists who attacked established institutions and leaders as corrupt, "How the Other Half Lives" is a chronicle of the conditions of abject poverty that the residents of the slums of New York endured at the end of the 19th century. Danish immigrant Jacob A. Riis saw first-hand the horrible conditions of the Lower East Side of Manhattan following his immigration to the United States. A poor itinerant carpenter by trade, Riis would first begin documenting the filthy disease-ridden tenements of New York while working as a police reporter for the "New York Tribune". "How the Other Half Lives" would first be published as an eighteen page article in the Christmas 1889 edition of "Scribner's Magazine". In the following year it would be expanded into a book of the same name. This book would shed a light on the housing conditions of the working-class and help to bring about much needed reforms. Presented here is a reproduction of that original 1890 edition with the numerous illustrations included in that volume.
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subject_facet Electronic books, New York (N.Y.) -- Economic conditions, New York (N.Y.) -- Social conditions, Poor -- New York (State) -- New York, Slums -- New York (State) -- New York, Tenement houses -- New York (State) -- New York
title_display How the other half lives; studies among the tenements of New York
title_full How the other half lives : studies among the tenements of New York [electronic resource] Riis, Jacob A. (Jacob August), 1849-1914., How the other half lives; studies among the tenements of New York. With 100 photos. from the Jacob A. Riis collection, the Museum of the City of New York, and a new pref. by Charles A. Madison
title_short How the other half lives
title_sub studies among the tenements of New York
topic_facet Economic conditions, Electronic books, Poor, Slums, Social conditions, Tenement houses