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How the Other Half Lives

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Title How the Other Half Lives
Description How the Other Half Lives, Jacob Riis's first book, was published in 1890 and quickly became a bestseller. With graphic photographs and vivid prose he put a spotlight on the horrifying conditions in New York slums and shocked the city's middle class. Riis himself was not particularly progressive by contemporary standards: he categorized immigrants according to the racial stereotypes typical of his time and had little sense of the root causes of urban poverty. But his book was the catalyst for numerous reforms in housing, sanitation, and civic life.
Creator Jacob Riis
Source Manuscripts and Archives Division
Date 1890
Format Manuscript

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Original Format Holograph manuscript

Bibliographic Citation

Jacob Riis, “How the Other Half Lives,” Lunch Hour NYC, accessed December 15, 2017, http://exhibitions.nypl.org/lunchhour/items/show/445.

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