Cameron, Julia M.
Coburn, Alvin L.
Talbot,William H. Fox
Biography: Jacob Riis immigrated to the United States
from Denmark in 1870. After years of extreme poverty and hardship
he finally found employment as a police reporter for the New York
Tribune in 1877. In the 1880s his work gravitated towards reform
and he worked with other New York reformers then crusading for
better living conditions for the thousands of immigrants flocking
to New York in search of new opportunities. His most popular work,
How The Other Half Lives, became a pivotal work that precipitated
much needed reforms and made him famous.Jacob Riis's photography,
taken up to help him document the plight of the poor, made him
an important figure in the history of documentary photography.
Jacob Riis employed a blend of reporting, reform and photography
that made him a unique legend in all three fields. Theodore Roosevelt
held Riis in very high esteem offering him positions of power
and influence in his administration and calling him, "the
most useful citizen of New York". Instead Riis continued
his creative work, producing books on the plight of poor children
, immigrants and tenement dwellers. He died in 1914.
More on Jacob Riis:
Riis, Jacob August
Contains the text of How the Other Half Lives, The Battle with
the Slum, Theodore Roosevelt, and The Making of an American.
Hill Historical Society: About Jacob Riis
Nice site Including a Biography, Photos, and Quotes.
the Other Half Lives
Hypertext Version of Riis' book with Photographs and Illustrations
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