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How The Other Half Lives Special Illustrated Edition Including the Author's Photographs
     

How The Other Half Lives Special Illustrated Edition Including the Author's Photographs

by Jacob Riis
 
How the Other Half Lives was a pioneering work of photojournalism by Jacob Riis, documenting the squalid living conditions in New York City slums in the 1880s. It served as a basis for future muckraking journalism by exposing the slums to New York City's upper and middle class.

How The Other Half Lives quickly became a landmark in the annals of social reform.

Overview

How the Other Half Lives was a pioneering work of photojournalism by Jacob Riis, documenting the squalid living conditions in New York City slums in the 1880s. It served as a basis for future muckraking journalism by exposing the slums to New York City's upper and middle class.

How The Other Half Lives quickly became a landmark in the annals of social reform. Riis documented the filth, disease, exploitation, and overcrowding that characterized the experience of more than one million immigrants. He helped push tenement reform to the front of New York's political agenda, and prompted then-Police Commissioner Theodore Roosevelt to close down the police-run poor houses. Roosevelt later called Riis "the most useful citizen of New York".

Riis's idea inspired Jack London to write a similar exposé on London's East End, called People of the Abyss.

Product Details

BN ID:
2940013604278
Publisher:
Seven Treasures Publications
Publication date:
07/07/2011
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
300,671
File size:
6 MB

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