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

ISBN-10: 0393060233
ISBN-13: 9780393060232
Edition: 2008
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Description: Social reformer Jacob Riis made it impossible for Americans to look the other way; now this inspiring biography restores his greatness. Drawing on previously unexamined diaries and letters,The Other Halfmarvelously re-creates the moving story of  More...

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Book details

List price: $27.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company, Incorporated
Publication date: 8/17/2008
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 448
Size: 6.75" wide x 10.25" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 1.540
Language: English

Social reformer Jacob Riis made it impossible for Americans to look the other way; now this inspiring biography restores his greatness. Drawing on previously unexamined diaries and letters,The Other Halfmarvelously 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 theNew York Tribune, where he befriended Theodore Roosevelt and witnessed firsthand the appalling tenement conditions of late nineteenth-century New York. His resulting exposé,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. 55 illustrations.

Tom Buk-Swienty, a Danish historian, has been the U.S. correspondent for several major Danish newspapers. A former Fellow at the Cullman Center of the New York Public Library, he now teaches at the University of Southern Denmark.

List of Illustrations
Preface
"The Ideal American"
Restlessness
The Old Town
The Early Years
Heartache
"A Terrible Homesickness"
The Fast March to Buffalo
"My Lovely Dream"
"True Love Can Never Die"
"The Still Centre of a Cyclone"
A Second Proposal
Riis and the Other Half
"Fat and Strong"
Police Reporter
Anatomy of the Slums
The Reformers
Intruders
Flower Power
The Manifesto
Brothers
The Golden Years
The Making of an American
Epilogue
Notes
Selected Bibliography
Acknowledgments
Credits
Index

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