The Progressives and the Slums: Tenement House Reform in New York City, 1890-1917

The Progressives and the Slums: Tenement House Reform in New York City, 1890-1917

The Progressives and the Slums: Tenement House Reform in New York City, 1890-1917

The Progressives and the Slums: Tenement House Reform in New York City, 1890-1917

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During the past decade and a half the historical analysis of the Progressive Era has undergone considerable change. No longer is the focus on the outward forms of politics, the elections and presidential administrations. Instead, there has been increasing interest in patterns of thought and behavior. Who became reformers and how did they view their world? Most students who have asked such questions, however, have dealt with reformers as a whole, analyzing their common social-psychological reactions. Mr. Lubove's study, on the other hand, uses a different and perhaps more rewarding technique, for by studying the ideas and attitudes of reformers in one particular field of effort, housing, and in one location, New York, he is able to deal with his problem concretely and close to the factual evidence.

In using this approach, Mr. Lubove illuminates the great value of studies in the local history of industrial society, an approach with manifold possibilities. For by observing specific people in specific contexts one can get at the root of social processes which more generalized accounts often obscure or distort. Local history, if purely factual and descriptive, advances knowledge in only a rudimentary fashion; but if local history can illuminate broad processes of social change concretely, then it adds a dimension unobtainable through an emphasis on top-level, nation-

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