This is the first modern edition of Jacob Riis's classic work to follow, in both content and layout, the original 1890 edition. The only teaching edition that includes all 51 of the book's original illustrations, this volume provides students with the full impact of tenement life and the living conditions of New York City's immigrant poor in the late nineteenth century.
An extensive introduction by David Leviatin - both a historian and a professional photographer - places Riis and his work in the context of turn-of-the-century urban reform. Also included are extensive gloss notes on the text, a chronology, questions for consideration, a bibliography, and an index.
Pt. 1. 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
Pt. 2. The Document. How the Other Half Lives: Studies Among the Tenements of New York.