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Jacob A. Riis (1849–1914).  The Battle with the Slum.  1902.

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when they were left unattended in front of stores. They “drapped the kids in the hallway” and “sneaked” the carriages. And so on. The recital was not a pleasant one, but it was effective. We got our truant school, and one way that led to the jail was blocked.
 
 
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  It may be that the leader is neither thief nor thug, but ambitious. In that case the gang is headed for politics by the shortest route. Likewise, sometimes, when he is both. In either case it carries the situation by assault. When the gang wants a thing, the easiest way seems to it always

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