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How the Other Half Lives (1890)

de Jacob A. Riis, David Leviatin (Editor)

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This famous journalistic record of the filth and degradation of New York's slums at the turn of the century is a classic in social thought and of early American photography. Over 100& photographs.
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For a book about social reform that is 122 years old it was quite interesting. It was conflicting in the author's portrayal of the poor and wanting change yet he was still very judgmental and racist against immigrants. He was an immigrant. A good historical read for some eye-opening about how things have changed and yet not really changed in 122 years. ( )
  WellReadSoutherner | Apr 6, 2022 |
So insightful but a touch of a bore to read. Who could be surprised! Very glad I did it though. ( )
  mayalekach | Sep 25, 2021 |
Note: I actually have the 1971 paperback edition so it doesn't have the Luc Sante introduction.

Required reading for anyone who likes to harp on about the 'good old days'. The photographs are deeply affecting even after a gap of over 100 years. The faces look familiar - we see destitute people on the news all the time. The text contains some interesting anecdotes, once you get past the florid Victorian writing style and the of-the-time racial stereotypes (the chapter on Chinatown is particularly eye-popping). The final chapter is a great example of well-thought-out social reform planning (although Riis seemed to have an unwarranted amount of faith in the altruism of private business) and would be of interest to anyone involved in social work, town planning and similar disciplines. ( )
  Clare_L | Sep 20, 2021 |
It is the photographs that make this such an enduring book. Calls for reform, the impact of different nationalities and communities on New York City's tenements all dissolve before the captivating images. People striving to earn a few pennies collecting flowers, the endless trek of people scurrying on their way to what . . . ? And in almost every photo I kept seeing a recurring theme: the search for individual dignity. This was an era in which culture disseminated from the top social classes to the bottom. Thus in photo after photo, even the dirtiest, over worn, patched garment echoes the top hats and business suits of the social elite. Look closely, and you will easily see the inspiration for Charlie Chaplin's character of the The Tramp, a humorous albeit melancholy figure in search of self worth and dignity, in the pictures. ( )
  PaulCornelius | Apr 12, 2020 |
All Liberals and those who profess to be humanitarians need to read this book. Riis, a reporter for a New York newspaper, investigated the tenements and the society that calls them home. This book is the result. It shows unquestionably that government involvement is not benign, that when taking on the problem of inadequate housing by building newer facilities, only multiplies the problem by attracting the same clientele as had existed. In other words, tenements don't cause poverty, tenements are occupied by those who, for various reasons, refuse to improve their condition. The Germans were able to raise themselves out of the tenements, so too the Jews and Italians. Their culture demands improvement of one's social status. There are others who exist by living off the government's largess. Interestingly, when the tenements were torn down and the government was not involved, the crime rate decreased dramatically. Tell your emasculated, professional humanitarian friends that they should read this book! ( )
  JVioland | Jul 14, 2014 |
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The first tenement New York knew bore the mark of Cain from its birth, though a generation passed before the writing was deciphered.
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