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The Battle with the Slum   By: (1849-1914)

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THE BATTLE WITH THE SLUM

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THE BATTLE WITH THE SLUM

BY

JACOB A. RIIS

AUTHOR OF "THE MAKING OF AN AMERICAN," "HOW THE OTHER HALF LIVES," ETC.

ILLUSTRATED

New York

THE MACMILLAN COMPANY LONDON: MACMILLAN & CO., LTD. 1902

All rights reserved

Copyright, 1902, By THE MACMILLAN COMPANY.

Set up and electrotyped October, 1902.

Norwood Press J. S. Cushing & Co. Berwick & Smith Norwood Mass. U.S.A.

PREFACE

Three years ago I published under the title "A Ten Years' War" a series of papers intended to account for the battle with the slum since I wrote "How the Other Half Lives." A good many things can happen in three years. So many things have happened in these three, the fighting has been so general all along the line and has so held public attention, that this seems the proper time to pass it all in review once more. That I have tried to do in this book, retaining all that still applied of the old volume and adding as much more. The "stories" were printed in the Century Magazine . They are fact, not fiction. If the latter, they would have no place here.

"The Battle with the Slum" is properly the sequel to "How the Other Half Lives," and tells how far we have come and how. "With his usual hopefulness," I read in the annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science of my book three years ago, "the author is still looking forward to better things in the future." I was not deceived then. Not in the thirty years before did we advance as in these three, though Tammany blocked the way most of the time. It is great to have lived in a day that sees such things done.

J. A. R.

RICHMOND HILL, August 27, 1902.

CONTENTS

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Introduction. What the Fight is about 1

CHAPTER

I. Battling against Heavy Odds 9

II. The Outworks of the Slum taken 36

III. The Devil's Money 63

IV. The Blight of the Double decker 76

V. "Druv into Decency" 113

VI. The Mills House 154

VII. Pietro and the Jew 175

VIII. On whom shall we shut the Door? 202

IX. The Genesis of the Gang 227

X. Jim 256

XI. Letting in the Light 264

XII. The Passing of Cat Alley 310

XIII. Justice to the Boy 341

XIV. The Band begins to play 385

XV. "Neighbor" the Password 396

XVI. Reform by Humane Touch 413

XVII. The Unnecessary Story of Mrs. Ben Wah and Her Parrot 441

Index 451

LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS

Theodore Roosevelt Frontispiece

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One of the Five Points Fifty Years Ago 12

The "Old Church" Tenement 15

An Old Wooster Street Court 17

A Fourth Ward Colony in the Bad Old Days 18

Dens of Death 21

Gotham Court 24

Green Dragon Yard, London 26

A Flagged Hallway in the "Big Flat" 28

Jersey Street Rookeries 32

The Survival of the Unfittest 33

The Rear Tenement grows up 38

Professor Felix Adler 39

A Cellar Dive in the Bend 41

It costs a Dollar a Month to sleep in these Sheds 46

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