The Battle with the Slum

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Author: Jacob A. Riis
Published: 1902
Language: English
Wordcount: 97,552 / 279 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 79.7
LoC Categories: HV, BJ
Downloads: 673
Added to site: 2009.03.02
mnybks.net#: 23594
Origin: gutenberg.org
Genre: Non-fiction

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.

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no feelings and affections proper to human hearts."--Report on the Health of British Towns.]

Hence, I say, in the battle with the slum we win or we perish. There is no middle way. We shall win, for we are not letting things be the way our fathers did. But it will be a running fight, and it is not going to be won in two years, or in ten, or in twenty. For all that, we must keep on fighting, content if in our time we avert the punishment that waits upon the third and the fourth generation of those who forget the brotherhood. As a man does in dealing with his brother so it is the way of God that his children shall reap, that through toil and tears we may make out the lesson which sums up all the commandments and alone can make the earth fit for the kingdom that is to come.

CHAPTER I

BATTLING AGAINST HEAVY ODDS

The slum I speak of is our own. We made it, but let us be glad we have no patent on the manufacture. It is n

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