Annotations for Tenement : Immigrant Life on the Lower East Side


Baker & Taylor
Photographs lead readers on a tour of the sights and sounds of the Lower East Side of New York City, where many immigrants lived in cramped and squalid conditions because it was the only place they could afford on their low wages.

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Baker & Taylor
Presents a view of New York City's tenements during the peak years of foreign immigration, discussing living conditions, laws pertaining to tenements, and the occupations of their residents.

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Baker & Taylor
Text and photographs describe the way of life of immigrants living in the tenement buildings of New York's Lower East Side, documenting the poverty, close quarters, and poor sanitation and working conditions endured by immigrant tenants.

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Houghton
Life on the Lower East Side was bustling. Immigrants from many European countries had come to make a better life for themselves and their families in the United States. But the wages they earned were so low that they could afford only the most basic accommodations?tenements. Unfortunately, there were few laws protecting the residents of tenements, and landlords took advantage of this by allowing the buildings to become cramped and squalid. There was little the tenants could do; their only other choice was the street. Though most immigrants struggled in these buildings, many overcame a difficult start and saw generations after them move on to better apartments, homes, and lives. Raymond Bial reveals the first, challenging step in this process as he leads us on a tour of the sights and sounds of the Lower East Side, guiding us through the dark hallways, staircases, and rooms of the tenements.


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