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

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and Christian Workers, it maintained a playground on the uptown West Side where the ball came into play for the first time as a recognized factor in civic progress. The day might well be kept for all time among those that mark human emancipation, for it was social reform and Christian work in one, of the kind that tells.
 
 
The East River Park.
 
  Only the year before, the athletic clubs had vainly craved the privilege of establishing a gymnasium in the East River Park, where the children wistfully eyed the sacred grass, and cowered under the withering gaze of the policeman. A friend whose house stands opposite the park found them

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