Progressivism and the Age of Reform • Tenement Reform • Child Labor • Trusts • Political Reform • Anti-Lynching Crusade • The Election of 1912
Tenement Reform • Tenements • Jacob Riis: Danish immigrant, journalist • One of the first to use flash photography • How the Other Half Lives (1890) • Reform
This is a photo Jacob Riis took of immigrants in a New York City tenement in 1890. • How many people can you make out in this picture? • How big does the room appear to be?
Do you see any windows in the room? • Where does the lighting for the photo appear to be coming from?
Describe the expressions on the people’s faces. • What does this tell you about the moment at which the picture was taken?
What objects do you see in the apartment? • What type of furniture can you see? • How would you describe the overall condition of the apartment?
Imagine that you are a middle-class New Yorker who saw this photo at one of Riis’s lectures. • How do you think you would have reacted to it? • Would it have made you more or less likely to support tenement reform? Why?
Child Labor • Traditional children’s work • Effect of the Industrial Revolution • National Child Labor Committee • Lewis Hine • Reform