These unbelievably harsh living conditions can be seen on image 1 and 3 where families are forced to live in an overcrowded and inadequate room. There was a very high demand of houses and many were constructed in terraced rows that can be seen in image 4. Some of these houses had just a small yard at the rear where an outside toilet was placed. The people who lived in cities needed cheap homes as the Industrial Revolution continued to grow.
Jacob Riis was the first and only person to expose these conditions that the lower east side faced and lived in. Using his straight forwardness, semi emotional tactics and very powerful photograph, he actually detailed life in poverty by showing the images of the migrants and how the environment affected them. How the other half lives helped in many ways such as abolishing police lodging houses, as well as laws to increase the number of factory inspectors to ensure workers safety. The wages law came into effect, regulation of the working hours of women and children. Nonetheless there was chaos during the civil war time frame.
Is he conscious. This work inspired many reforms of working-class housing, both immediately after publication as well as making a lasting impact in today's society. Vivid imagery and complex.
He described the cheap construction of the tenements, the high rents, and the absentee landlords. He protested the city 's ineffectual laws and urged private. He goes to several different parts of the city of New York witnessing first hand the hardships that many immigrants faced when coming to America. His journalism and photographs of the conditions of the tenant housing helped led the way of reformation in the slums of New York.