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How the Other Half Lives

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ISBN-10: 0674049322

ISBN-13: 9780674049321

Edition: 2010

Authors: Jacob A. Riis, Alan Trachtenberg, Sam Bass Warner

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List price: $16.00
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publication date: 4/15/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 232
Size: 5.00" wide x 8.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.946
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…    

Sam Bass Warner, noted urban historian and Visiting Professor of Urban History at MIT, is theauthor of The Urban Wilderness: A History of the American City and other books.

List of Illustrations
Note on the Text
Chronology of Jacob A. Riis's Life
How the Other Half Lives
Genesis of the Tenement
The Awakening
The Mixed Crowd
The Downtown Back Alleys
The Italian in New York
The Bend
A Raid on the Stale-Beer Dives
The Cheap Lodging Houses
The Sweaters of Jewtown
The Bohemians-Tenement House Cigarmaking
The Color Line in New York
The Common Herd
The Problem of the Children
Waifs of the City's Slums
The Street Arab
The Reign of Rum
The Harvest of Tares
The Working Girls of New York
Pauperism in the Tenements