Foreign Immigration and the Tenement House in NYC Part VII

by Kate Holladay Claghorn
 
 
A better housing system some little forethought in providing properly for the needs of new immigrants would do away with many of these evils; it would prevent the positive dragging down of peoples that have much of promise in them when they come. It is probably impossible to do away with the tenement house altogether. Large numbers of people must live within a comparatively short distance of the heart of the city, on account of their occupations. The new races coming in are, besides, distinctly gregarious in their habits, as it is the normal tendency of mankind to be. The Anglo-Saxon race is perhaps the only one that has shown any decided taste for personal isolation. The Scandinavian shows some traces of it. The German put up with an isolated life for a time, to gain a special end, but he does not enjoy it especially.

Many efforts have been made to induce immigration from the city, and colonization in country places; but these have never succeeded, and colonization in country places; but these have never succeeded, and probably never will succeed on a large scale. There is no doubt, however, that the tenement house could be vastly improved could be made, perhaps, fairly wholesome ; and that the foreign immigrant could be made a satisfactory tenant in it. And there is every reason to suppose, further, that with proper surroundings within and without the tenement, he may be trained up rapidly to be a good citizen, as he is now struggling to be through the hindrances laid in his way by the greed of landlords and the neglect of municipal governments.


SOURCES OF INFORMATION RELATING TO FOREIGN IMMIGRATION AND TENEMENT CONDITIONS

Annual Report of the City Inspector of the Board of Health, New York,1834. By Gerritt Forbes. (Library of Academy of Medicine, 17 West 43d Street.)

Annual Report of the Interments in the City and County of New York for the Year 1842, with Remarks thereon, and a Brief View of the Sanitary Condition of the City. Presented to the Common Council by John H. Griscom, M.D., City Inspector. New York, James Van Norden, Printer to the Board of Assistant Aldermen, 1843. Document No. 59. (Library of Academy of Medicine, 17 West 43d Street.)

Annual Report of the City Inspector of the Board of Health, New York,1844. (Library of Academy of Medicine, 17 West 43d Street.)

Annual Reports of the Association for Improving the Condition of the Poor for 1852, 1853,1854, 1857,1858,1859, 1860, 1873, 1879, 1880,1881, 1884, 1886. (Library of Charity Organization Society, 105 East 22d Street.)

First Report of a Committee on the Sanitary Condition of the Laboring Classes in the City of New York, with Remedial Suggestions. New York, John F. Trow, Printer, 1853. Pamphlet, 32 pages. (Published in Annual Report of the Association for Improving the Condition of the Poor for 1853.)

History of Immigration. By Bromwell.

History of the Visitations of Yellow Fever at New York. By John H. Griscom, M.D.

Report of the Council of Hygiene and Public Health of the Citizens' Association of New York upon the Sanitary Condition of the City. D. Appleton & Co., 360 pages. A number of maps, diagrams, and illustrations. (Library of Charity Organization Society, 105 East
22d Street)

Report of the Select Committee appointed to examine into the Condition of Tenant Houses in New York and Brooklyn, March 9, 1857.Assembly Document No. 205. 54 pages. (State Library, Albany, N.Y.)

Report of the Tenement House Commission of the State of New York, February 17, 1885. Senate Document No. 36. 235 pages. (State Library, Albany, N.Y.)

Report of the Tenement House Committee of 1894. Albany, James B. Lyon, State Printer, 1895. 649 pages. (Library of Charity Organization Society, 105 East 22d Street.)

Sanitary Condition of the Laboring Population of New York, 1845. By John H. Griscom, M.D.

The Tenement House Problem in New York, January 16, 1888. Senate Document No. 16. 52 pages. (Library of Charity Organization Society, 105 East 22d Street.)


 
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Article Name: Foreign Immigration and the Tenement House in NYC Part VII
Researcher/Transcriber Miriam Medina

Source:

The Tenement House Problem: Including the Report of The New York state Tenement House Commission of 1900 by Various Writers Volume II; The Macmillan Company-New York 1903
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