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How the Other Half Lives
Second EditionJacob A. Riis; Edited by David Leviatin©2011
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 of How the Other Half Lives to 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.
Table of Contents
A Note about the Text and Images
List of Map and Illustrations
PART ONE. INTRODUCTION: Framing the Poor – The Irresistibility of How the Other Half Lives
The Flash: Jacob Riis Discovers Light
The American Scene: The Search for Order
How the Other Half Looks: Interpreting Riis’s View of Poverty
How the Other Half Lives: Studies among the Tenements of New York
PART THREE. RELATED DOCUMENTS
1. Jacob A. Riis, The Other Half and How They Live: Story in Pictures, November 9, 1891
2. Six Illustrations from the 1890 Edition of How the Other Half Lives
A Jacob A. Riis Chronology (1849–1923)
Questions for Consideration