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

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twenty millions of dollars. And every one of the sixty-nine has its playground, which will by and by be free to all the neighborhood. The idea is at last working through that the schools belong to the people, and are primarily for the children and their parents; not mere vehicles of ward patronage, or for keeping an army of teachers in office and pay.
 
 
Public School No. 177. Manhattan.
 
  The silly old régime is dead. The ward trustee is gone with his friend the alderman, loudly proclaiming the collapse of our liberties in the day that saw the schools taken from “the people’s” control. They were “the people.” Experts manage our children’s education, which was supposed,

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