history 2

history 2

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  • Jacob Riis took photos of the victims of The Poverty Projector and their unbearable living conditions in tenement houses.
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  • Jacob Riis compiled these photos along with descriptive writing into a book titled "How the Other Half Lives." It instantly gained a lot of attention and successfully spread awareness of the country's poverty. This pushed citizens and powerful leaders for new legislature to improve the conditions.
  • The New Tenements Act was passed in 1901 to enforce that all tenement houses have a working bathroom and source of light, and ventilation. 
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