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Survey of United States History C121 Task 5 Primary Source A1: A1a. Jacob Riis was a well-known journalist born to Danish parents in 1849. Riis immigrated to New York in 1870, at the age of 21 and worked as a police reporter for the New York Tribune. (Kizis, 2000) Jacob Riis spent years journaling and photographing his observations of the tenements of New York as a police reporter. The information he had gathered over the years allowed him to write and publish a book in 1890. “How the Other Half Lives” chronicles the unacceptable living conditions of the many poor and working-class occupants of the tenement houses. (Riis, 2009) A1b . Riis wrote about the intolerable conditions in which immigrant, blue collar workers were living. During the time of the Second Industrial Revolution, and the Progressive Era, rapid population growth in New York City posed a housing shortage for immigrant and industrial workers and their families. The wealthy and real estate agents, realizing the income potential, used the large rooms of empty houses to create smaller rooms using partitions. Owners used these tenements to as quarters for workers and their families in exchange for rent. (Riis, 2009) Riis’s described how families would survive on the sparse earnings, small living spaces that were sometimes dank cellars for which most of their earnings would pay for. Riis describes the living space of a couple that had ended their lives by way of ingesting poison as a small attic room with barely enough room to turn around. The attic room had sloped ceilings and a small window in a location that didn’t seem to belong to the room at all. (Riis, 2009) Riis also chronicled disease epidemics that spread through the tenements due to the lower class living in such unhealthy and unsanitary conditions. A cholera epidemic that seemingly only reached the tenements increased the death toll among the poor to 195 out of every 1,000 people. Riis discusses how the needs of the poor lower-class workers and families led to the middle- and upper-class taking advantage of their needs to turn a profit. His writings made it very difficult for government officials and
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the upper classes to ignore the problem. During this time of the Progressive Era, the nation was
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