How the Other Half Lives: Studies Among the Tenements of New York

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(4.2 stars; 12 reviews)

How the Other Half Lives: Studies Among the Tenements of New York (1890) was a pioneering work of photojournalism by Jacob Riis, documenting the squalid living conditions in New York City slums in the 1880s. It served as a basis for future muckraking journalism by exposing the slums to New York City’s upper and middle class. The title of the book is a reference to a phrase of François Rabelais, who wrote in Pantagruel: "one half of the world does not know how the other half lives". (Summary by Wikipedia) (8 hr 50 min)


00 - Preface 1:50 Read by Guero
01 - Genesis of the Tenement 16:13 Read by Maggie Russell
02 - The Awakening 10:02 Read by Lee Ann Howlett
03 - The Mixed Crowd 15:09 Read by Lee Ann Howlett
04 - The Down Town Back-Alleys Part 1 14:24 Read by MaryAnn
05 - The Down Town Back-Alleys Part 2 17:14 Read by MaryAnn
06 - The Italian in New York 11:06 Read by Phil Chenevert
07 - The Bend 25:46 Read by Phil Chenevert
08 - A Raid on the Stale-Beer Dives 15:16 Read by Matthew Reece
09 - The Cheap Lodging-Houses 19:12 Read by Parrot17
10 - Chinatown 22:21 Read by Parrot17
11 - Jewtown 25:37 Read by Phil Chenevert
12 - The Sweaters of Jewtown 29:55 Read by Phil Chenevert
13 - The Bohemians - Tenement House Cigarmaking 21:28 Read by Phil Chenevert
14 - The Color Line in New York 19:02 Read by Phil Chenevert
15 - The Common Herd Part 1 18:50 Read by Lee Ann Howlett
16 - The Common Herd Part 2 14:34 Read by Phil Chenevert
17 - The Problem of the Children 14:17 Read by Matthew Reece
18 - Waifs of the City's Slums 15:01 Read by Lee Ann Howlett
19 - The Street Arab 22:20 Read by mevans
20 - The Reign of Rum 10:24 Read by ashleighjane
21 - The Harvest of Tares 30:57 Read by Guero
22 - The Working Girls of New York 16:38 Read by Guero
23 - Pauperism in the Tenements 26:18 Read by Denny Sayers (d. 2015)
24 - The Wrecks and the Waste 16:40 Read by Lee Ann Howlett
25 - The Man with the Knife 7:27 Read by ashleighjane
26 - What Has Been Done 25:47 Read by Phil Chenevert
27 - How the Case Stands 26:35 Read by Phil Chenevert
28 - Appendix 19:47 Read by Guero


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(3 stars)

uneven recording because of the amount of voices used, but a staple if youre learning early sociology (dated as it may be, and boy it is dated). thanks to the volunteers.

Very informative

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I learned much from it

Great read!

(5 stars)

very much enjoyed this book!

She did a terrible job reading it. I love LibriVox recordings. I've used it a lot but this reading was horrific.

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