How The Other Half Lives, by Jacob Riis - HistoryThe book pricked the conscience of its readers and raised the tenement into a symbol of intransigent social difference. As Alan Trachtenberg makes clear in his introduction, it is a book that still speaks powerfully to us today of social injustice. Except for the modernization of spelling and punctuation, the John Harvard Library edition of How the Other Half Lives reproduces the text of the first published book version of November Endnotes aid the contemporary reader. Since , The John Harvard Library has been instrumental in publishing essential American writings in authoritative editions. Who Needs an Author? In his new book Author Unknown: The Power of Anonymity in Ancient Rome , classicist Tom Geue asks us to work with anonymity rather than against it and to appreciate the continuing power of anonymity in our own time.
How the Other Half Lives
From the Back Cover In his book Riis gave a full and detailed picture of what life in those slums was like, how the slums were created, how and why. How The Other Half Lives quickly became a landmark in the annals of social reform. Story time just got better with Prime Book Box, a subscription that delivers. Original Cover of edition. How the Other Half Lives was only one book in Riis' bibliography of highlighting the conditions in the slums of New York. First published in , Jacob Riis's remarkable study of the horrendous living conditions of the poor in New York City had an immediate and extraordinary.