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How the Other Half Lives

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This is the 2nd edition with a publication date of 9/22/2010.
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Jacob Riis's famed 1890 photo-text addressed the problems of tenement housing, immigration, and urban life and work at the beginning of the Progressive era. David Leviatin edited this complete edition ofHow the Other Half Livesto be as faithful to Riis's original text and photography as possible. Uncropped prints of Riis's original photographs replace the faded halftones and drawings from photographs that were included in the 1890 edition. Related documents added to the second edition include a stenographic report of one of Riis's lantern-slide lectures that demonstrates Riis's melodramatic techniques and the reaction of his audience, and five drawings that reveal the subtle but important ways Riis's photographs were edited when they were reinterpreted as illustrations in the 1890 edition. The book's provocative introduction now addresses Riis's ethnic and racial stereotyping and includes a map of New York's Lower East Side in the 1890s. A new list of illustrations and expanded chronology, questions for consideration, and selected bibliography provide additional support.

Author Biography

DAVID LEVIATIN (Ph.D., Harvard) 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 Spring: Notes and Voices from the New World (1993) and Followers of the Trail: Jewish Working-Class Radicals 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

Forewordp. v
Prefacep. vii
A Note about the Text and Imagesp. xi
List of Map and Illustrationsp. xv
Introduction: Framing the Poor-The Irresistibility of How the Other Half Livesp. 1
The Flash: Jacob Riis Discovers Lightp. 1
The American Scene: The Search for Orderp. 9
How the Other Half Looks: Interpreting Riis's View of Povertyp. 31
How the Other Half Lives: Studies among the Tenements of New Yorkp. 51
Related Documentsp. 273
Jacob A. Riis, The Other Half and How They Live: Story in Pictures, November 9, 1891p. 273
Six Illustrations from the 1890 Edition of How the Other Half Livesp. 278
A Jacob A. Riis Chronology (1849-1923)p. 284
Questions for Considerationp. 287
Selected Bibliographyp. 289
Indexp. 291
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