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The Genesis of the Gang

Jacob Riis, one of the most famed muckraking journalists in American history, spent years as a serially destitute carpenter and salesman before earning renown for his writings on New York City tenement dwellers. In this 1899 piece, he reports on the lives led by impoverished urban youth, and demonstrates how their material and social surroundings push them toward crime.

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