A Ten Year War

An Account of the Battle with the Slum in New York

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Author: Jacob A. Riis
Published: 1900
Language: English
Wordcount: 55,255 / 158 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 66.9
LoC Category: HV
Downloads: 1,200
Added to site: 2012.02.15
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Genre: Science
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hem their first playground. Perilous, begrudged by policeman and storekeeper, though it was, it was still a playground.

But one is coming in which the boy shall rule unchallenged. The Mulberry Bend Park kept its promise. Before the sod was laid in it two more were under way in the thickest of the tenement house crowding, and each, under the law which brought them into existence, is to be laid out in part as a playground. They are not yet finished, but they will be; for the people have taken to the idea, and the politician has made a note of the fact. He saw a great light when the play piers were opened. In half a dozen localities where the slum was striking its roots deep into the soil such piers are now being built, and land is being acquired for small parks. We shall yet settle the "causes that operated sociologically" on the boy with a lawn mower and a sand heap. You have got your boy, and the heredity of the next one, when you can order his setting.

Even while I am writing, a bill is urged i

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