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Jacob Riis (1849 – 1914) was a Danish American journalist and social documentary photographer. He is also known for his crusade against poverty in early 20th century New York City slums. While he was looking for a job, he had to spend the night in in police station lodging houses. Aware of what it was like to live in poverty, Riis was determined to use this opportunity to employ his journalistic skills to communicate this to the public. 

 

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