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How the Other Half Lives: Studies Among the Tenements of New York (John Harvard Library)

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Since 1959 The John Harvard Library has been instrumental in publishing essential American writings in authoritative editions.

Jacob Riis's pioneering work of photojournalism takes its title from Rabelais's Pantagruel: "One half of the world knoweth not how the other half liveth; considering that no one has yet written of that Country." An anatomy of New York City's slums in the 1880s, it vividly brought home to its first readers through the powerful combination of text and images the squalid living conditions of "the other half," who might well have inhabited another country. The book pricked the conscience of its readers and raised the tenement into a symbol of intransigent social difference. As Alan Trachtenberg makes clear in his introduction, it is a book that still speaks powerfully to us today of social injustice.

Except for the modernization of spelling and punctuation, the John Harvard Library edition of How the Other Half Lives reproduces the text of the first published book version of November 1890. For this edition, prints have been made from Riis's original photographs now in the archives of the Museum of the City of New York. Endnotes aid the contemporary reader.

About the Author

Alan Trachtenbergis Neil Gray, Jr. Professor Emeritus of English and <>American Studies at Yale University.

Table of Contents

  • List of Illustrations
  • Introduction by Alan Trachtenberg
  • Note on the Text
  • Chronology of Jacob A. Riis’s Life
  • How the Other Half Lives

  • Preface
  • Introduction
  1. Genesis of the Tenement
  2. The Awakening
  3. The Mixed Crowd
  4. The Downtown 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

Product Details

ISBN:
9780674049321
Author:
Riis, Jacob A.
Publisher:
Belknap Press
Editor:
Trachtenberg, Alan
Editor:
Warner, Sam Bass, Jr.
Author:
Warner, Sam Bass, Jr.
Author:
Trachtenberg, Alan
Author:
Sam Bass Warner
Author:
Riis, Jacob August
Location:
Cambridge
Subject:
Poor -- New York (State) -- New York.
Subject:
Tenement houses -- New York (State) -- New York.
Subject:
United States - 20th Century
Subject:
United States - State & Local - Middle Atlantic
Subject:
Social classes
Subject:
Poverty
Subject:
Sociology-Poverty
Subject:
HISTORY / United States/State & Local/Middle Atlantic (DC, DE, MD, NJ, NY, PA)
Subject:
Social Science-Social Classes
Subject:
Social Science-Sociology - Urban
Subject:
Social Science-Emigration & Immigration
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
John Harvard Library
Series Volume:
110
Publication Date:
20100431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
33 halftones, 13 line illustrations, 2 t
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
8 x 6 in

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