Tenement: Immigrant Life on the Lower East Side

Tenement: Immigrant Life on the Lower East Side

by Raymond Bial

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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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ISBN-13: 9780547561981
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 08/26/2002
Sold by: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 48
File size: 6 MB
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Raymond Bial is an acclaimed photoessayist for children. Four of his books were chosen as Notable Books in the Field of Social Studies by the NCSS. He lives in Urbana, Illinois, with his wife and children.

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Tenement: Immigrant Life on the Lower East Side 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
ChelseaRose on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I like that this book offers an intriguing amount of information that would get readers more interested in this subject. I also appreciate how relevant the subject of immigration is currently, and how themes in this book could be used in examining our current state. Very interesting!
megan_henley on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Tenement is the non-fiction telling of the hard living immigrants faced in the lower east side tenements in New York City. They were very small flats with no more than two rooms. They were often very dark and smelled of garbage. Because there was no running water and garbage piled high, many people became sick with diseases. "Infant slaughterhouses" was a term often used to describe the tenements because of how many babies died of disease. Jacob Riis, a social reformer, worked hard to improve the living conditions of the people. Often times people looked back on their years in the tenements and had fond memories.This is a great book to read along with a history lesson on this time in history. The pictures help get a better understanding of what the conditions looked like and how people had to live. This book helps to give a student further knowledge on an issue that might have been skipped over quick like without as many details in a normal classroom lesson.I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. I am not really a fan of history, but this book made it more interesting to read. The pictures gave a clearer idea of how the people really were living in the tenements. Bail wrote the book in an easy to read and easy to understand manor without the extra boring details. I would recommend this being read to students of all ages in their history classes.
emilee on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
good quote 'one half of the world does not know how the other half lives
jkessluk on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I believe this book is intended for kids in the middle school age, and would be a good book for them to read, otherwise it was just an OK book. The photographs throughout the book were good but never really showed any extremes; for example the author mentions several families living in a tiny area but never shows pictures of this. The book does a good job at not just talking about the living situations but other things immagrants go through; but the lack of showing any extreme photographs or subject matter made it lack a little something.