A classic early example of "muck-racking" journalism, or reporting by reform-minded American journalists who attacked established institutions and leaders as corrupt, "How the Other Half Lives" is a chronicle of the conditions of abject poverty that the residents of the slums of New York endured at the end of the 19th century. Danish immigrant Jacob A. Riis saw first-hand the horrible conditions of the Lower East Side of Manhattan following his immigration to the United States. A poor itinerant carpenter by trade, Riis would first begin documenting the filthy disease-ridden tenements of New York while working as a police reporter for the "New York Tribune". "How the Other Half Lives" would first be published as an eighteen page article in the Christmas 1889 edition of "Scribner's Magazine". In the following year it would be expanded into a book of the same name. This book would shed a light on the housing conditions of the working-class and help to bring about much needed reforms. Presented here is a reproduction of that original 1890 edition with the numerous illustrations included in that volume.
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- Chapter I. Genesis of the Tenement.
- Chapter II. The Awakening.
- Chapter III. The Mixed Crowd.
- Chapter IV. The Down Town Back-Alleys.
- Chapter V. The Italian in New York.
- Chapter VI. The Bend.
- Chapter VII. A Raid on the Stale-Beer Dives.
- Chapter VIII. The Cheap Lodging-Houses.
- Chapter IX. Chinatown.
- Chapter X. Jewtown.
- Chapter XI. The Sweaters of Jewtown.
- Chapter XII. The Bohemians-Tenement-House Cigarmaking.
- Chapter XIII. The Color Line in New York.
- Chapter XIV. The Common Herd.
- Chapter XV. The Problem of the Children.
- Chapter XVI. Waifs of the City's Slums.
- Chapter XVII. The Street Arab.
- Chapter XVIII. The Reign of Rum.
- Chapter XIX. The Harvest of Tares.
- Chapter XX. The Working Girls of New York.
- Chapter XXI. Pauperism in the Tenements.
- Chapter XXII. The Wrecks and the Waste.
- Chapter XXIII. The Man with the Knife.
- Chapter XXIV. What Has Been Done.
- Chapter XXV. How the Case Stands.