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Bell Ringer: Jacob Riis

Jacob Riis

Howard Husock, senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, talked about how Jacob Riis became involved in American housing history in NYC and the impact he had.

Description

Howard Husock, senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, talked about how Jacob Riis became involved in American housing history in NYC and the impact he had.

Bell Ringer Assignment

  • Explain the significance of Jacob Riis' "Bandits’ Roost."
  • How did his experience as a police reporter influence his work?
  • According to Howard Husock, how did residents feel about their living conditions in the tenements in 19th century NYC?
  • How does Howard Husock view the influence of Jacob Riis on the housing issue during that time?
  • Where did the residents of neighborhoods like Mulberry Bend go when they were displaced?

Additional Resources

Participants

    Vocabulary

    • Lurid
    • Municipal
    • Optimistic
    • Private Sector
    • Public Housing
    • Sensationalism
    • Slum
    • Tabloid
    • Tenement
    • Transitory
    • Urban Reform
    • Williamsburg Bridge
    • Yellow Journalism

    Topics

    GeographyMediaSocial Services State HistoryU.S. History

    Grades

    Middle SchoolHigh SchoolUniversity