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In How The Other Half Lives New Yorkers read with horror that three-quarters of the residents of their city were housed in tenements and that in those tenements rents were substantially higher than in better sections of the city. 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 they remained as they were, who was forced to live there, and offered suggestions for easing the lot of the poor.About the Author:
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.
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