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How the Other Half Lives by Jacob A. Riis
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Nov 10, 2010

it was amazing

I read this years ago at Hunter College. It is, of course, one of the most important books in the history of New York City. I recently reread it in the course of researching my screenplay. I had forgotten just how appallingly racist the written text of this highly-progressive work can seem to the modern reader. Haha! DON'T ANYONE DARE READ THIS WITH 20/20 HISTORICAL HINDSIGHT!!! Look at it in context, and appreciate it properly.
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