Cambridge, MA: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1970. Hardcover. xix, 246 pages ; illustrations, plans ; 24 cm. $9.50 dust jacket. A very good copy with firm binding, clean pages and free of markings. Bookseller Inventory #
Synopsis: How the Other Half Lives" by Jacob Riis sheds fascinating light on how our immigrants in the 1800's lived in New York City. A must-read for Americans whose family has been in the U.S. for only a few generations, this book tells what it was really like in the slums. Whether Irish, Italian, Jewish, Chinese or Polish, German, Russian, hordes of refugees ended up in New York on the promise of a better life. Entrepreneurs lured poor people from Eastern Europe and contracted out their labor in sweat shops in the US. The laborers lived in tenements, which were dark, unventilated cages in blocks of buildings that rented for a surprising high rent to people who died by the thousands in the unsanitary conditions. The conditions described by Jacob Riis in this classic are heart-rending, especially the part about foundling babies (abandoned newborns). A cradle was put outside a Catholic Church and instead of a baby each night, racks of babies appeared. The Church had to establish foundling hospitals run by nuns, who persuaded the unwed or impoverished mothers to nurse the baby they gave up, plus another baby. The child mortality rate, especially in the "back tenements" or buildings built on to the back of others (dark and airless) was incredible. Riis also provides interesting information about the gangs of New York in "How the Other Half Lived.
About the Author: Sam B. Warner, Jr. is Visiting Professor of Urban History at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Title: How the Other Half Lives: Studies among the ...
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Book Description Belknap Press, 1970. Hardcover. Book Condition: Used: Very Good. Hardcover. Very Good in Very Good dust jacket. Clean, tight. Price-clipped dust jacket. Bookseller Inventory # UT1514032
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Book Description Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1970., 1970. Hardcover. Book Condition: Near Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine. 1st Edition. xix, 246 pp; illus. Original cloth. Near Fine, in near fine dust jacket. John Harvard Library. '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' (Web site of Harvard University Press, which is reprinting the book in paperback in April 2010). Bookseller Inventory # 19085
Book Description Belknap Press, 1970. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110674410068
Book Description Belknap Press, 1970. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0674410068
Book Description Belknap Press, 1970. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 674410068
Book Description Belknap Press, 1970. Hardcover. Book Condition: Used: Good. Bookseller Inventory # SONG0674410068