Journals Higher Education



Published: 02 December 2005

176 Pages | 51 halftones & map

6-1/2 x 9-1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780195145274

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Jacob Riis

Reporter and Reformer

Janet B. Pascal

Oxford Portraits

  • This biography includes a picture essay of Riis' photographs as well as, 35 black-and-white illustrations, a chronology, further reading, and an index.
  • Charts the course of Jacob Riis's work as a police reporter, which took him into the worst of New York's ghettos and tenements.
  • Raises some thought-provoking moral questions, because his compassion was flawed by an underlying prejudice; his writings are marred by a clear underlying conviction of the superiority of white Protestants, and he speaks with condescension and occasional scorn of other races and religions.

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