Jacob Riis, How The Other Half Lives

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Jacob Riis, How The Other Half Lives

"Some defeats are only installments to victory" -Jacob Riis

Jacob Riis

Jacob Riis was born May 3rd, 1849 in Ribe, Denmark. He was number 3 of 15 children. He emigrated to the United States in 1870. In 1873, he was recruited by a news bureau in New York City. 1877, he became a police reporter for the New York Tribune. Riis deticated his career to educating the public on how tough it is to live a life of poverty. He was among the 1st to use flash powder, which enabled him to take photos of the slums at night.

"The poor were the victums rather than the makers of their own fate." -Jacob Riis

1890, Children Sleeping in Mulberry Street

1890, Bandits' Roost

1890, Homeless Children

“In self-defence, you know, all life eventually accommodates itself to its environment, and human life is no exception.” -Jacob Riis, How The Other Half Lives



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