"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
The only thing New York and Ribe had in common at the time of Jacob A. Riis was the high rate of child mortality due to bad housing, bad sanitation and serious infections. Jacob A. Riis became a pioneer in changing this in New York in his time more than a hundred years ago.
Chasing ancestors who created a new and better life in the States is as interesting for us Europeans as it is for Americans to find their roots in Europe.
My links: New York Road Runners – http://www.nyrr.org Goteborgsvarvet – http://www.goteborgsvarvet.se/en London Parks Foundation Half Marathon – https://royalparkshalf.com BMW Berlin Half Marathon – http://www.vattenfall-berliner-halbmarathon.de/en Ten years ago my daughter asked me to start running with her. The experience I had with running was exhaustion and losing my breath. I gave it a chance, pleased by her suggestion. I had never competed either. I […]