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

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it will do more good than all the Sunday-schools in Chicago. The mothers say, ‘This is good business.’ The carpenters that put up the swings and things worked with a will; everybody was glad. The police lieutenant has had a tree called after him. The boys that did that used to be terrors. Now they take care of the trees. They plead for a low limb that is in the way, that no one may cut it off.”
 
 
In the Roof Garden of the Hebrew Educational Alliance.
 
  The twilight deepens and the gates of the playground are closed. The crowds disperse slowly. In the roof garden on the Hebrew Institute across East Broadway lights are twinkling and the band is tuning up. Little groups are settling down to a quiet game of checkers or lovemaking. Paterfamilias

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