The Other Half The Life of Jacob Riis and the World of Immigrant America 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

  • Title: The Other Half: The Life of Jacob Riis and the World of Immigrant America
  • Author: Tom Buk-Swienty
  • ISBN: 9780393060232
  • Page: 252
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 chDrawing 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 appalling tenement conditions of late nineteenth century New York His resulting expos , How the Other Half Lives, was the first major American muckraking book It brought Americans in touch with their lost humanity, establishing a precedent for Ida Tarbell, Lincoln Steffens, Jane Addams, and Upton Sinclair Described by Roosevelt as the ideal American, Riis died in 1914, mourned by millions, a celebrated hero Tom Buk Swienty s long awaited biography, a superb evocation of the muckraking era, is a compelling work, designed with 55 haunting images from Riis s own photographic oeuvre.

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    1. When Jacob Riis died in 1914 he was considered a hero and mourned by millions, including his personal friend and fellow reformer Theodore Roosevelt. But how many of us today know who Jacob Riis was or what he did to gain such a reputation?In his very readable and fascinating biography Tom Buk-Swienty has brought the story of Jacob Riis back to life. "As if plucked from a variant Horotio Alger novel, his is the story of a poor young Dane from the isolated yet picturesque medieval town of Ribe who [...]

    2. This book was written in Danish and translated to English. The author includes enough US history to orient his Danish readers and enough history of Denmark for non-Danes to understand the times there. While this is a biography, there is much about the first part that is generic to the immigrant experience of that time in the US.Riis has unusual drive. He survives unemployment, hunger, cold, loneliness and unrequited love. There is background about his childhood that predicts that he will be a se [...]

    3. Buk-Swienty from Denmark had a real advantage in writing about Jacob Riis, since he could read both the Danish and the English archival materials. He provides an easy-to-read overview of Riis's life, concentrating on his early years as an Danish immigrant leading to publication of the book that made him famous, "How the other half lives". A difficulty that Buk-Swienty acknowledges is that much of the story is based on Riis's own writings: his diary and his autobiographical books. Riis not only e [...]

    4. Jacob Riis was a muckraking journalist who exposed the terrible conditions of New York's tenements before the turn of the 20th century. His own story is pretty incredible -- a heartbroken and destitute Danish immigrant, he became the city's top police reporter, got the girl he'd long dreamed of, and led and shaped reform movements of his day.

    5. I found this a very enjoyable study of an often misunderstood individual. I did feel there was a bit of hagiography in the book, but as there is little information about him other than his own writings, it was a fairly balanced look at him.

    6. A biography of the Danish immigrant who wrote How the Other Half Lives. It was a really compelling read. This guy knew first hand what it was like to live hand to mouth in the most crowded and filthy area on the planet at the time.

    7. I enjoyed getting to know a little more about the "father of photo-journalism" and the miserable conditions under which thousands of immigrants lived in New York City. All fueled by an exhibit at the Library of Congress I saw in May this year.

    8. If I taught a class about immigration, The Other Half would be on the syllabus. This biography will have me reading Riis' own work, no doubt. Excellent English translation of the original text, too.

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