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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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