Jacob A. Riis

Jacob A. Riis (1849–1914) was a Danish-American social reformer, journalist, and photographer. He is best known for his work documenting the squalid living conditions in New York City slums in the late 19th century. His book 'How the Other Half Lives' brought attention to the plight of the urban poor and spurred on reforms in housing, public health, and labor laws.


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  1. 1. The Battle with the Slum

    "The Battle with the Slum" is a historical documentation of the living conditions in the slums of New York City during the late 19th and early 20th century. The author, a social reformer and journalist, provides a detailed account of the overcrowded and unsanitary conditions that the city's poor were subjected to. The book also highlights the efforts of the government and philanthropists to improve these conditions and eradicate the slums, emphasizing the importance of housing reform and social welfare in urban development.

  2. 2. How the Other Half Lives

    The book is a detailed examination of the living conditions of the poor in New York City in the late 19th century. It provides a vivid and often shocking account of life in the slums, tenements and sweatshops of the city, based on the author's own investigative journalism. The book had a significant impact on public opinion and led to changes in housing laws and social policy.