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Primary Document #2:Jacob Riis describes life in the Tenements (1890) Primary Source Documents with Reading Questions

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Jacob Riis describes life in the Tenements (1890) Speaking of America: Volume II since 1865 by Laura A. Belmonte During the massive urban migration of the late nineteenth century, slums developed i...

 

Annotations: Jacob Riis wrote a book called "How the Other Half Lives". This books main concern was about tenement housing and the unfairness of it. He talks about how the government should help out and give people stuff like social security. He describes how unsanitary they was and how they should be more clean. He talked about how the poor people shouldnt be that poor.

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                                                              Tenement Housing

The Tenement Housing back in the day was terrible, First off the people had to pay 5 cents to even Sleep In The houses They Were Paid minimum Wage So That Made Supporting There Families Hard. The Rooms were very small it was 8 People To a Room with Very Little Space. The Amount Of People In One room Brought Among Sickness, Diseases were Getting Passes From Person To Person And the houses Were Very Prone to fire The Slightest Electric Problem Can Send The Room Up Into Flames.

                                                                 Jacob Riis

Jacob Riis was a successful muckraker for tenement housing. Jacob Riis was the third of fifteen children was born in Ribe, Denmark, on 3rd May 1849. He worked as a carpenter in Copenhagen before immigrating to the United States in 1870. Riis did a variety of menial jobs before finding work with a news bureau in New York City in 1873. In 1888 Riis was employed as a photojournalist by the New York Evening Sun. His book was called “How The Other Half Lives”. It served as a basis for future "muckraking" journalism by exposing the slums to New York City’s upper and middle classes. The book leads to People looking at the situation and realizing they have to fix it. It also leads to fixing the problem. We still have people living in apartments that are almost this nasty. Just like then, people still disgusting. In the end, tenement housing is out of the window and we now have safer homes.

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Tenements

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Throughout the 19th century, as America’s urban population exploded, immigrants and other poor residents were forced to live in tenement housing that was cramped, unsanitary and often unsafe.
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Revisiting the Other Half of Jacob Riis

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A new book reveals lesser-known aspects of Jacob Riis's life. He was a self-promoter, a Christian evangelical, a conservative and a social Darwinist. He did not consider himself a good photographer.
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HIstorical Website #1: New York State Tenement House Act - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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Primary Document #1: GIC | Article

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How the other half lives

Annotations- In this document it talks about tenement housing and the detaills of them. Tenement housing were mainly used to fit a lot of immigants in a small place. The houses werent clean at all. People would use the bathroom and cook in the same room. Tenement housing was for poor people and rich people had good houses.

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Vocab Words

Vocab

 

1. Pretense-An Attempt To Make Something That is Not the case appear true

2. Suffrage-The right To Vote In Politic elections

3. Muckraker-the action of searching out and publicizing scandalous information about famous people in an underhanded way

4. Exploitative-make full use of and derive benefit from (a resource)

5. Proprietor-the owner of a business, or a holder of property.

6. Tenement-a room or a set of rooms forming a separate residence within a house or block of apartments.

7. Immigration-the action of coming to live permanently in a foreign country

8. Unconstitutional -not in accordance with a political constitution, esp. the US Constitution, or with procedural rules.

9.Vulgarity - lacking sophistication or good taste

10.Deception-the action of deceiving someone

 

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1.pretense-his anger is masked by a pretense that all is well | they have finally abandoned their secrecy and pretense.

2.Suffrage- Women fought hard for suffrage

3. Muckraker- Persuasive writers called muckrakers were important in the late 1800’s 4.Exploitative- I made the remote control exploitative.

5. Proprietor- I am the proprietor of a wealthy plantation.

6. Tenement- the poor people back in the day had to use tenement housing

7. Immigration- immigration was a way for immigrants to find a “new life.

8. Unconstitutional- the government does act unconstitutional sometimes.

9. Vulgarity- when you are putting on a good impression you shouldn’t use vulgarity.

10. Deception- in the interrogation room, people shouldn’t use deceptions.

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Tenement Housing

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Annotation: In the book “How The Other Half Lives” By Jacob Riis he is writing to describe the living conditions that the people who lived in tenement housing had to live. While the proprietor of one of the few seven cent houses lived in a very nice house because he was very wealthy. There also were places like the no licensed lodging houses where you could pay 5 cents instead of 7 and still sleep on the floor. People were also able to pay 3 cents and could squat in the hallways. This is bad because people were getting very ill because there was so many people in one room that if one person got sick everybody else did to.

 

Jacob Riis

How The Other Half Lives

1890

 

The twenty-five cent lodging-house keeps up the pretence of a bedroom, though the head-high partition enclosing a space just large enough to hold a cot and a chair and allow the man room to pull off his clothes is the shallowest of all pretences. The fifteen-cent bed stands boldly forth without screen in a room full of bunks with sheets as yellow and blankets as foul. At the ten-cent level the locker for the sleeper's clothes disappears. There is no longer need of it. The tramp limit is reached, and there is nothing to lock up save, on general principles, the lodger. Usually the ten- and seven-cent lodgings are different grades of the same abomination. Some sort of an apology for a bed, with mattress and blanket, represents the aristocratic purchase of the tramp who, by a lucky stroke of beggary, has exchanged the chance of an empty box or ash-barrel for shelter on the quality floor of one of these "hotels." A strip of canvas, strung between rough timbers, without covering of any kind, does for the couch of the seven-cent lodger who prefers the questionable comfort of a red-hot stove close to his elbow to the revelry of the stale-beer dive. It is not the most secure perch in the world. Uneasy sleepers roll off at intervals, but they have not far to fall to the next tier of bunks, and the commotion that ensues is speedily quieted by the boss and his club. On cold winter nights, when every bunk had its tenant, I have stood in such a lodging-room more than once, and listening to the snoring of the sleepers like the regular strokes of an engine, and the slow creaking of the beams under their restless weight, imagined myself on shipboard and experienced the very real nausea of sea-sickness. The one thing that did not favor the deception was the air; its character could not be mistaken.

 

The proprietor of one of these seven-cent houses was known to me as a man of reputed wealth and respectability. He "ran" three such establishments and made, it was said, $8,000 a year clear profit on his investment. He lived in a handsome house quite near to the stylish precincts of Murray Hill, where the nature of his occupation was not suspected. A notice that was posted on the wall of the lodgers' room suggested at least an effort to maintain his up-town standing in the slums. It read: "No swearing or loud talking after nine o'clock." Before nine no exceptions were taken to the natural vulgarity of the place; but that was the limit.

 

There are no licensed lodging-houses known to me which charge less than seven cents for even such a bed as this canvas strip, though there are unlicensed ones enough where one may sleep on the floor for five cents a spot, or squat in a sheltered hallway for three. The police station lodging-house, where the soft side of a plank is the regulation couch, is next in order. The manner in which this police bed is "made up" is interesting in its simplicity. The loose planks that make the platform are simply turned over, and the job is done, with an occasional coat of whitewash thrown in to sweeten things. I know of only one easier way, but, so far as I am informed, it has never been introduced in this country. It used to be practised, if report spoke truly, in certain old-country towns. The "bed" was represented by clothes-line stretched across the room upon which the sleepers hung by the arm-pits for a penny a night. In the morning the boss woke them up by simply untying the line at one end and letting it go with its load; a labor-saving device certainly, and highly successful in attaining the desired end. . . .

 

. . . If the tenement is here continually dragged into the eye of public condemnation and scorn, it is because in one way or another it is found directly responsible for, or intimately associated with, three-fourths of the miseries of the poor. In the Bohemian quarter it is made the vehicle for enforcing upon a proud race a slavery as real as any that ever disgraced the South. Not content with simply robbing the tenant, the owner, in the dual capacity of landlord and employer, reduces him to virtual serfdom by making him become his tenant, on such terms as he sees fit to make, the condition of employment at wages likewise of his own making. It does not help the case that this landlord employer, almost always a Jew, is frequently of the thrifty Polish race just described. . . .

 

. . . Probably more than half of all the Bohemians in this city are cigarmakers, and it is the herding of these in great numbers in the so-called tenement factories, where the cheapest grade of work is done at the lowest wages, that constitutes at once their greatest hardship and the chief grudge of other workmen against them. . . .

 

Men, women and children work together seven days in the week in these cheerless tenements to make a living for the family, from the break of day till far into the night. Often the wife is the original cigarmaker from the old home, the husband having adopted her trade here as a matter of necessity, because, knowing no word of English, he could get no other work. As they state the cause of the bitter hostility of the trades unions, she was the primary bone of contention in the day of the early Bohemian immigration. The unions refused to admit the women, and, as the support of the family depended upon her to a large extent, such terms as were offered had to be accepted. The manufacturer has ever since industriously fanned the antagonism between the unions and his hands, for his own advantage. The victory rests with him, since the Court of Appeals decided that the law, passed a few years ago, to prohibit cigarmaking in tenements was unconstitutional, and thus put an end to the struggle. . . .

 

. . . I have in mind an alley— inlet rather to a row of rear tenements— is either two or four feet wide according as the wall of the crazy old building that gives on it bulges out or in. I tried to count the children that swarmed there, but could not. Sometimes I have doubted that anybody knows just how many there are about. Bodies of drowned children turn up in the rivers right along in summer whom no one seems to know anything about. When last spring some workmen, while moving a pile of lumber on a North River pier, found under the last plank the body of a little lad crushed to death, no one had missed a boy, though his parents afterward turned up. The truant officer assuredly does not know, though he spends his life trying to find out, somewhat illogically, perhaps, since the department that employs him admits that thousands of poor children are crowded out of the schools year by year for want of room. . . .

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Immigration...Italian: Tenements and Toil - For Teachers (Library of Congress)

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Feature presentation for teachers on the history of Italian immigration to the U.S., The Library of Congress...
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