Riis’ How the Other Half Lives examined the conditions of tenement housing, issues such as disease that came as a result of these conditions, and advocated for increased reform efforts. Riis’ work was then used by historians to better explain the reform movement in New York City. Topics: Housing Conditions, Disease, and Reform
Riis, Jacob A. Lodgers in a crowded Bayard Street tenement. 1890. Jacob A Riis. Museum of the City of New York, New York City. This picture was one of the many photographs Jacob Riis took while advocating for tenement reform in New York City. Riis’ photographs were used as evidence during the period to support the reformer’s arguments.