Muckrakers

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  • This is Sam Wilson reporting to you about a muckraker named Jacob Riis. He was born on May 3rd, 1849. Jacob was a newspaper reporter and a photographer.
  • By the late 1880s, Riis had begun photographing the interiors and exteriors of New York slums with a flash lamp. Riis used the photos of the terrible conditions of the slums to show the people how bad the people in the slums had lived.
  • Theodore Roosevelt, who would be elected U.S. president in 1900, responded personally to Riis: “I have read your book, and I have come to help.” The book’s success made Riis famous, and "How the Other Half Lives" stimulated the first significant New York legislation to curb tenement house evils.
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