Poverty of the Imagination
James McGrath Morris reviews a chronicle of Jacob Riis's rise from poor immigrant to famous muckraker.
THE OTHER HALF:
The Life of Jacob Riis and the World of Immigrant America.
By Tom Buk-Swienty. Translated by Annette Buk-Swienty. Norton. 331 pp. $27.95
More than a century has passed since the publication of How the Other Half Lives, Jacob Riis’s portrait of poverty that shamed America. The effect of...