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The Other Half: The Life of Jacob Riis and the World of Immigrant America

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Drawing on previously unexamined diaries and letters, The Other Half marvelously re-creates the moving story of Jacob Riis, the legendary Progressive reformer and muckraking photographer. Born in 1849 in rural Denmark, Riis immigrated to America in 1870 following a devastating romantic breakup. Penniless and starving, Riis stumbled into journalism, eventually becoming a charismatic police reporter for the New York Tribune, where he befriended Theodore Roosevelt and witnessed firsthand the…



The Other Half

Pub Date : 2008 | Author : Tom Buk-Swienty | Publisher : W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN 10 : 0393060233
ISBN 13 : 9780393060232

A revisionist portrait of the late-nineteenth-century social reformer draws on previously unexamined diaries and letters to trace his immigration to America, work as a police repor..

Jacob Riis

Pub Date : 2005-12-02 | Author : Janet B. Pascal | Publisher : Oxford University Press

ISBN 10 : 9780195145274
ISBN 13 : 0195145275

Presents the life of the Danish immigrant, who rose from poverty to become a reporter and whose writings and photographs about the slums and tenement dwellers of New York City led ..

Rediscovering Jacob Riis

Pub Date : 2014-08-18 | Author : Bonnie Yochelson | Publisher : University of Chicago Press

ISBN 10 : 9780226182865
ISBN 13 : 022618286X

Jacob Riis (1849-1914) was the author of How the Other Half Lives (1890). This study of his life and work includes excerpts from Riis s diary, chronicling romance, poverty, temptat..

Exposing Hidden Worlds

Pub Date : 2017-09-15 | Author : Michael Burgan | Publisher : Capstone

ISBN 10 : 9780756556242
ISBN 13 : 0756556244

President Theodore Roosevelt called Jacob Riis "the best American I ever knew." The pioneering photojournalist, an immigrant from Denmark, drew attention to the poverty and evils o..

Jacob A Riis

Pub Date : 1993-01-01 | Author : Alexander Alland | Publisher :

ISBN 10 : 0893815276
ISBN 13 : 9780893815271

Riis's images of the slums of New York have influenced every subsequent generation of photographers, while his insightful exploration of the problems of urban life continues to be ..

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