Jacob A. Riis (18491914). The Battle with the Slum. 1902.
hunted with the pack in the street. As a young man he trains with the gang, because it furnishes the means of gratifying his inordinate vanity; that is the slums counterfeit of self-esteem. Upon the Jacobs of other days there was a last hold, the fathers authority. Changed conditions have loosened that also. There is a time in every young mans life when he knows more than his father. It is like the measles or the mumps, and he gets over it, with a little judicious firmness in the hand that guides. It is the misfortune of the slum boy of to-day that it is really so, and that he knows it. His father is an Italian or a Jew, and cannot even speak the language