Jacob August Riis

(May 3, 1849 – May 26, 1914)

Lauren Russ & JP LaPolice

Jacob Riis was a Danish American Social Reformer. He is known for using his photographic and journalistic talents to help the impoverished in New York City. Jacob documented slum life in his 1890 book, How the Other Half Lives, and accused saloons of “breeding poverty,” corrupting politics, bringing suffering to the wives and children of drunkards, and fostering “the corruption of the child” by selling beer to minors.

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