"As a young immigrant in the 1870's New York, Jacob Riis had experienced poverty, starvation and unemployment. Reporting from the slums he witnessed the consequences of massive immigration, speculation and dreadful housing conditions. His life's goal was to improve conditions for residents of the tenements. The children were close to his heart."
Jacob Riis an immigrant from Denmark worked tireless to reform living conditions for poor immigrants in New York in the late 1900 century