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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..

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..

Island Of Vice

Pub Date : 2012-03-13 | Author : Richard Zacks | Publisher : Anchor

ISBN 10 : 9780385534024
ISBN 13 : 0385534027

A ROLLICKING NARRATIVE HISTORY OF THEODORE ROOSEVELT'S EMBATTLED TENURE AS POLICE COMMISSIONER OF CORRUPT, PLEASURE-LOVING NEW YORK CITY IN THE 1880s, AND HIS DOOMED MISSION TO WIP..

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 ..

America At The Fair

Pub Date : 2008-02-25 | Author : Chaim M. Rosenberg | Publisher : Arcadia Publishing

ISBN 10 : 9781439614136
ISBN 13 : 143961413X

At the time of the World's Columbian Exposition of 1893, the United States was fast becoming the world's leading economy. Chicago, the host city, had grown in less than half a cent..

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