East End

Reports from the social abyss: people of the depth Jack London authentic testimony about life in the quarter Jack the Ripper! August 31, 1888. A cruelly mutilated female corpse is found in the East end of London, the slums of the city: it is Mary Ann Nichols, known as Polly, a prostitute of the opportunity. She is the first victim of Jack the Ripper, whose bestial crimes decades after the last murder the reputation of the district will shape. The East end of London at the beginning of the 20th century is regarded as underworld London, where misery and violence dominate daily life. An area in which no one would voluntarily put the foot. Jack London does it yet.

He ventures into the untouched poverty area, takes on a different identity and explored as the social milieu and the residents of the East end of London around 1900. His social reportage appears as authentic testimony people of the depth to the 125th anniversary of the famous Ripper murders in the reprint Verlag, Leipzig. The underworld of London: Overpopulation and poverty mid-18th century was a flourishing site for factories to the East end. Large crowds thronged in the course of industrialisation in the search after work to London. There, this influx was soon a massive problem: overpopulation led not only to a constant need, but also highly unsanitary conditions, which often resulted in disease.

As the economy in the East end soon no longer could keep up with the latest technology and has stagnated, the district in poverty sank. The East end of London became a slum with high violence potential of the emerging society prefer looked the other way and that had little common with the glorious world capital of London, the Centre of the British Empire. Investigative, clear-sighted and authentic Jack London was not satisfied, what he heard from others. He made himself a better self-image. With his field study he considered people of deep spiritual ancestor of investigative journalism and the social reportage. His identity take turns and is entirely on its environment leaving a succeeds in a perceptive analysis of the social conditions under which the inhabitants of the East end of London lived around 1900. His report gives an authentic impression from one side of London as she was probably symptomatic of many emerging cities and still is.


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