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Teaching Primary Source: How the other half lives

Primary Source: How the other half lives

Jacob Riis, a Danish immigrant, combined photography and journalism into a powerful statement of poverty in America. His 1890 work, How the Other Half Lives, shocked Americans with its raw depictions of urban slums. Here, he describes poverty in New York.

Jacob Riis
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Does Jacob Riis view "the other half" with compassion, criticism, or both? How do you know?
RH.2 - Main Ideas, RH.6 - Author's Purpose, RH.7 - Visual Information


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