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How the Other Half Lives

What social impact did Jacob Riis have? If any impacts on America at all?

Jacob Riis was very concerned with the treatment that immigrants received when they came to America. He did a lot of research and reporting of the conditions that immigrants faced such as work...

Latest answer posted March 30, 2010 1:29 am UTC

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Excerpts from How the Other Half Lives by Jacob Riis “Long ago it was said that ‘one half of the world does not...

In his book, Jacob Riis delineates the experiences of new immigrants to America in the 19th Century. Interestingly, he devotes entire chapters to specific immigrant nationalities such as the...

Latest answer posted January 27, 2016 8:41 pm UTC

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How would you describe the effect of poverty on children?

While my description and yours may differ, it is hard to deny that Jacob Riis's How the Other Half Lives was one of the more influential books in late nineteenth-century America. Riis, an...

Latest answer posted October 31, 2017 8:13 pm UTC

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How did Jacob Riis change America's morals?

It is hard to make the argument that Riis, by himself, changed America's moral values. However, the "muckraker movement," of which Riis was a part, certainly changed American attitudes towards...

Latest answer posted May 1, 2011 3:09 am UTC

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Please summarize Chapter XII of How the Other Half Lives.

As with most of How the Other Half Lives, this chapter is about the bad conditions in which people live and work. In this case, the focus of the chapter is people from Bohemia, which is now in the...

Latest answer posted March 13, 2012 7:53 am UTC

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What were the central causes for the genesis or creation of the tenements?

The tenements on New York's Lower East Side were described in the 1890 pioneering photojournalistic work How the Other Half Lives: Studies among the Tenements of New York by Jacob Riis. These...

Latest answer posted July 15, 2018 10:47 pm UTC

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What makes the tenement districts so crowded and unhealthy?

Riis blamed the crowded and unhealthy conditions in the tenements primarily on the rich. First, he said, the rich simply didn't know how bad the conditions of the poor were, which is why he called...

Latest answer posted February 16, 2016 7:03 pm UTC

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What did the father of the dying child mean by his statement “need we complain , such as we?”

"How The Other Half Lives," first published in 1890, describes the living conditions in the slums of New York City. In chapter 4, Riis describes a tenement building and the people who live inside....

Latest answer posted October 6, 2019 11:22 am UTC

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What disease does the author blame for killing a lot of babies living in the tenement?

Riis doesn't focus on a disease that kills babies—though he mentions smallpox in passing—but he does emphasize that infants often die from being abandoned by their desperate parents. Parents...

Latest answer posted October 3, 2019 2:25 am UTC

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From what you can determine from the work of Jacob Riis, how do the images and experiences of African-Americans...

Riis, while a progressive and deeply sympathetic to the poor and downtrodden people that were his subjects, was hardly immune to the racial attitudes of his time. His most famous work, "How the...

Latest answer posted November 7, 2015 10:51 pm UTC

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Who wrote How the Other Half Lives, and what was his profession?

The name of the man who wrote the book How the Other Half Lives was Jacob Riis. His profession was journalist. He was a reporter for newspapers in New York City. Jacob Riis was born in Denmark in...

Latest answer posted October 27, 2015 1:14 am UTC

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