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

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teaching, we have a hundred and fifteen at this writing in Manhattan alone, and soon we shall have as many as five hundred that are part of the public school in the greater city. “The greatest blessing which the nineteenth century bequeathed to little children,” Superintendent Maxwell calls the kindergarten, and since the children are our own to-morrow, he might have said to all of us, to the state. The kindergarten touch is upon the whole system of teaching. Cooking, the only kind of temperance preaching that counts for anything in a school course, is taught in the girls’ classes. A minister of justice declared in the Belgian Chamber that the



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