Bryant HIST 2110 Fall 2014
Second Book Response Essay
How the Other Half Lives
Please type the Essay below, and then print out your response. It should be about 250 to 300 words long. Be sure to include your name and your Eagle ID. Turn the Printed Response in during class on Oct. 28, 2014. __________________________________________________________________
How did the Other Half Live? Explain, with examples.
__________________________________________________________________ Tiffany Robinson 900656642
The lives of the other half became a struggle in New York. As more and more people traveled and crowed the streets of New York City, crime has begun to increase. “By far the largest part—eighty per cent, at least—of crimes against property and against the person are perpetrated by individuals who have either lost connection with home life, or never had any” (Riis, 2010, p. 5). The lives of those who was rich and lived on top cared little of how the other half was living. With an abundance of people living in tenement buildings, most rooms were dark, unhealthy, and unventilated apartments, which caused so many children death due to suffocation. The tenements were left unkempt, the buildings were dilapidation, and left filthy by the tenets. Over the past forty years, disease spread through the city which causes the population to decline and the morality rate to increase.
As New York began to attract newcomers into the city, the crowd becomes mixed with people who are Italian, German, Russian, Jewish, African, and Chinese, etc. As the incoming mixed crowd begins settling in the lower part of New York, the tenements living was strange to some and many became poor. Many found skills in the laundry business, as a rag-picker, selling fruit. When African Americans began to settling in New York from the south, it became apparent to many that “white people that they will not live in the same house as a...
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