The Children of the Poor

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Author: Jacob A. Riis
Published: 1892
Language: English
Wordcount: 85,984 / 248 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 65.4
LoC Categories: HN, HT
Downloads: 751
Added to site: 2010.05.31
mnybks.net#: 27981
Origin: gutenberg.org
Genre: Non-fiction
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choice of hailing him man and brother or of being slugged and robbed by him. It ought not to be a hard choice, despite the tatters and the dirt, for which our past neglect is in great part to blame. Plenty of evidence will be found in these pages to show that it has been made in the right spirit already, and that it has proved a wise choice. No investment gives a better return to-day on the capital put out than work among the children of the poor.

A single fact will show what is meant by that. Within the lifetime of the Children's Aid Society, in the thirty years between 1860 and 1890, while the population of this city was doubled, the commitments of girls and women for vagrancy fell off from 5,880 to 1,980, while the commitments of girl thieves fell between 1865 and 1890 from 1 in 743 to 1 in 7,500.[2] Stealing and vagrancy among boys has decreased too; if not so fast, yet at a gratifying rate.

Enough has been written and said about the children of the poor and their sufferings to make many a

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