Synopses & Reviews
Jacob Riis's famed 1890 photo-text addressed the problems of immigration, technological innovation, industry, and urban life at the dawn of the twentieth century. American studies instructor and freelance photographer David Leviatin edited this edition to be as faithful to the original text as possible; all interior photos are uncropped reprints made from Riis's original negatives, lantern slides, and prints.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 266) and index.
About the Author
David Leviatin 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 of Prague Sprung: Notes and Voices from the New World (1993) and Followers of the Trail: Jewish Working-Class Radiclas in America (1989). He is also a freelance photographer whose photos have appeared in several major publications including the New York Times Magazine.
Table of Contents
PART I. 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
PART II. THE DOCUMENT
How the Other Half Lives: Studies Among the Tenements of New York
A Riis Chronolgy (1849-1914)
Questions for Consideration