How the Other Half Lives

ISBN-10: 0312574010
ISBN-13: 9780312574017
Edition: 2nd 2011
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Book details

List price: $20.99
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Bedford/Saint Martin's
Publication date: 9/22/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.858
Language: English

Jacob Riis was a crusading journalist-photographer whose exposes of the living and working conditions of the New York City poor during the late nineteenth century inspired that generation of American journalists known as the Muckrakers. He was uncompromising in his commitment to his work, regarding journalism as a noble profession in an era when few others did. One of 16 children born to a part-time reporter in Ribe, Denmark, Riis emigrated to the United States as a young man and worked for a while as a carpenter. He got a job writing for the South Brooklyn News in 1874. For the next quarter of a century, he reported on "how the other half lives" for that paper, the New York Tribune (1877--88), and the New York Evening Sun (1888--99), documenting in prose and photograph the appalling slum life of New York's poor, the dreadful tenements in which they lived, the sweatshops where they and their children labored, the brutal crimes they committed and endured, and the police corruption that helped preserve these conditions. His harrowing portrayals of poverty and crime are classic works of photojournalism that influenced younger journalists and moved a future president, Theodore Roosevelt, to vow to clean up New York when he became head of the city's police board. Riis retired from active journalism toward the end of the century, becoming a popular lecturer and book writer. In The Making of an American (1901), a book still read today, he told the tale of his emigration and Americanization.

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 ofPrague Spring: Notes and Voices from the New World(1993) andFollowers 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 theNew York Times Magazine.

Foreword
Preface
A Note about the Text and Images
List of Map and Illustrations
Introduction: Framing the Poor-The Irresistibility of How the Other Half Lives
The Flash: Jacob Riis Discovers Light
The American Scene: The Search for Order
How the Other Half Looks: Interpreting Riis's View of Poverty
How the Other Half Lives: Studies among the Tenements of New York
Related Documents
Jacob A. Riis, The Other Half and How They Live: Story in Pictures, November 9, 1891
Six Illustrations from the 1890 Edition of How the Other Half Lives
Appendixes
A Jacob A. Riis Chronology (1849-1923)
Questions for Consideration
Selected Bibliography
Index

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