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RQ: According to Mark Davidson and James Lytle ( After the Fact ), photographs may reveal as much about the photographer as the subject of her/his photographs. What assumptions about 19th century America and its values are most evident in the photographs of Jacob Riis? The Photographs of Jacob Riis reveal many assumptions and aspects of 19 th century America, but the two most important are the living conditions of the poor and the attitude towards the urban poor. 1) Riis’ photograph entitled “Five Cents a Spot” clearly demonstrates that the slums in which the urban poor lived in were extremely dirty and crowded. 2) Eric Foner explains what is revealed by Jacob Riis in his “How the Other Half Lives” when he states “[It] offered a shocking account of living conditions among the urban poor, complete with photographs of apartments in dark, airless, overcrowded tenement houses.” 3) Davidson and
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Unformatted text preview: Lytle show how people like Riis viewed the urban poor when they stated that even Riis “Struggled to maintain a distinction between the ‘vicious’ classes of beggars, tramps and thieves, and the working poor who made the slum their home because they had no other choice.” These examples show how the Photographs of Jacob Riis revealed assumptions about 19 th century America and truly showed “How the Other Half Lives.” 1) Davidson and Lytle, After the Fact, The Art of Historical Detection, 1 st ed. (New York, Alfred A. Knopf inc. 1982) 213. 2) Eric Foner, Eric Foner, Give Me Liberty: An American History, vol. 2, 2nd ed., (New York: W.W. Norton and Company, 2008) 567-568 3) Davidson and Lytle, After the Fact, The Art of Historical Detection, 1 st ed. (New York, Alfred A. Knopf inc. 1982) 219...
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