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Jacob A. Riis (1849–1914)

Teoksen How the Other Half Lives tekijä

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About the Author

Jacob Riis was a crusading journalist-photographer whose exposes of the living and working conditions of the New York City poor during the late nineteenth century inspired that generation of American journalists known as the Muckrakers. He was uncompromising in his commitment to his work, regarding näytä lisää journalism as a noble profession in an era when few others did. One of 16 children born to a part-time reporter in Ribe, Denmark, Riis emigrated to the United States as a young man and worked for a while as a carpenter. He got a job writing for the South Brooklyn News in 1874. For the next quarter of a century, he reported on "how the other half lives" for that paper, the New York Tribune (1877--88), and the New York Evening Sun (1888--99), documenting in prose and photograph the appalling slum life of New York's poor, the dreadful tenements in which they lived, the sweatshops where they and their children labored, the brutal crimes they committed and endured, and the police corruption that helped preserve these conditions. His harrowing portrayals of poverty and crime are classic works of photojournalism that influenced younger journalists and moved a future president, Theodore Roosevelt, to vow to clean up New York when he became head of the city's police board. Riis retired from active journalism toward the end of the century, becoming a popular lecturer and book writer. In The Making of an American (1901), a book still read today, he told the tale of his emigration and Americanization. (Bowker Author Biography) näytä vähemmän

Sisältää nimet: Jacob Riis, Jacob Riis, Jacob A. Riis

Image credit: 1904 photograph (LoC Prints and Photographs, LC-USZ62-5511)

Tekijän teokset

How the Other Half Lives (1890) 1,389 kappaletta
The Making of an American (1902) 76 kappaletta
The Battle with the Slum (1902) 72 kappaletta
Jacob Riis (55) (2001) — Valokuvaaja — 59 kappaletta
Jacob A. Riis: Photographer & Citizen (1974) — Valokuvaaja — 49 kappaletta
Theodore Roosevelt, the citizen (1904) 37 kappaletta
Children of the Tenements (1970) 16 kappaletta
The Children of the Poor (1999) 7 kappaletta
Nibsy's Christmas (1977) 6 kappaletta
Is There a Santa Claus? (2010) 6 kappaletta
The Old Town (1909) 5 kappaletta

Associated Works

Writing New York: A Literary Anthology (1998) — Avustaja — 274 kappaletta
The Newsboys' Lodging-House: or The Confessions of William James--A Novel (2003) — Kansikuvataiteilija, eräät painokset67 kappaletta
American Christmas Stories (2021) — Avustaja — 57 kappaletta
The old East Side, an anthology (1969) — Avustaja — 38 kappaletta
A Treasury of Old-Fashioned Christmas Stories (2006) — Avustaja — 27 kappaletta

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just couldn't get into it. maybe it has something to do with the subject matter of the previous book i read. and i'm sure it had something to do with the fact that for some reason the font size in the book was the size of the typical footnote. maybe another time, another addition.
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btbell_lt | 8 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Aug 1, 2022 |
For a book about social reform that is 122 years old it was quite interesting. It was conflicting in the author's portrayal of the poor and wanting change yet he was still very judgmental and racist against immigrants. He was an immigrant. A good historical read for some eye-opening about how things have changed and yet not really changed in 122 years.
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WellReadSoutherner | 8 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Apr 6, 2022 |
So insightful but a touch of a bore to read. Who could be surprised! Very glad I did it though.
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mayalekach | 8 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Sep 25, 2021 |
Note: I actually have the 1971 paperback edition so it doesn't have the Luc Sante introduction.

Required reading for anyone who likes to harp on about the 'good old days'. The photographs are deeply affecting even after a gap of over 100 years. The faces look familiar - we see destitute people on the news all the time. The text contains some interesting anecdotes, once you get past the florid Victorian writing style and the of-the-time racial stereotypes (the chapter on Chinatown is particularly eye-popping). The final chapter is a great example of well-thought-out social reform planning (although Riis seemed to have an unwarranted amount of faith in the altruism of private business) and would be of interest to anyone involved in social work, town planning and similar disciplines.… (lisätietoja)
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Clare_L | 8 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Sep 20, 2021 |



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