Synopses & Reviews
The text of this Norton Critical Edition is based on the 1901 Scribner edition and includes all 47 of Riis's unforgettable photographs, along with 2 maps. It is accompanied by Hasia Diner's insightful introduction and detailed explanatory annotations.
An unusually rich "Contexts" section includes autobiographical writings by Riis, observations of "the other half" by Riis contemporaries, including William T. Elsing, Thomas Byrnes, William Dean Howells, Lilliam W. Betts, John Spargo, and Lillian Wald, and contemporary evaluations of Riis and his seminal book by, among others, Warren P. Adams, Joseph B. Gilder, Margaret Burton, and Theodore Roosevelt.
From the many hundreds of books and articles published on Riis and How the Other Half Lives, Hasia Diner has selected nineteen interpretations of the central aspects of author and work. Among these are Jacob Prager on Riis as immigrant and crusader; Louise Ware on Riis the police reporter, reformer, and "useful citizen"; Roy Lubove on the Progressive Movement and tenement reform; Richard Tuerk on Riis and the Jews; Maren Strange on American social documentary photography; Katrina Irving on immigrant mothers; and Timothy J. Gilfoyle on "street culture" and immigrant children.
A Chronology of Riis's life and work and a Selected Bibliography are also included.
occupies a premier place on a small list of American books--along with , , , , and --that changed public opinion, influenced public policy, and left an indelible mark on history.
About the Author
Hasia R. Dineris Director of the Goldstein-Goren Center for American Jewish History and Paul S. and Sylvia Steinberg Professor of American Jewish History at New York University. She is the author of The Jews of the United States, 1645 to 2000; Hungering for America: Italian, Irish and Jewish Foodways in the Age of Migration; Her Works Praise Her: A History of Jewish Women in America from Colonial Times to the Present; The Lower East Side Memories: The Jewish Place in America; In the Almost Promised Land: American Jews and Blacks, 1915'"1935; and A Time for Gathering, 1820'"1880: The Second Migration(Volume 2 of The Jewish People of America, edited by Henry Feingold) and coeditor of Remembering the Lower East Side: American Jewish Reflections.