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May 11, 1895


JAMA. 1895;XXIV(19):727. doi:10.1001/jama.1895.02430190031005

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The four American cities—New York, Chicago, Philadelphia and Baltimore—have been made the subject of a voluminous report regarding their " slums," or as Dr. Elisha Harris was wont to style them, "les pauvres faubourgs," by the Hon. Carroll D. Wright, Commissioner of Labor. The report is a provisional one and is addressed to the President. The funds set apart for this work amounted to $20,000 and were wholly inadequate to an exhaustive collection of the facts, so that the centers of the fields, only, were undertaken to be covered.

The report is a book of 620 pages, the larger proportion of which is full of tables conveying finely comminuted tabulated information as to age-periods of inhabitants, nativity and parentage, size of families, illiteracy, occupations and weekly earnings, school attendance, condition of children, condition of married women having specified number of living children, numbers of families and individuals in tenements, the health

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