Analysis Of Jacob Riis 'Work'

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“Throughout Riis’s work, he carries the prejudiced opinions of other middle class whites of this time. Does he believe these minorities are meant to live in the squalor of the tenements and deserve their poverty? Or does he blame the tenement and their landlords for these peoples’ plight?” Jacob Riis definitely points to the tenants as the victims in this situation; instead, Riis blames the landlords and the social system for the poverty that the tenants are stuck in. It is seen as a cycle in which the tenants make only enough to survive and therefore cannot save anything to better their situation, leaving them with no choice but to continue living and working in horrid conditions. “Not content with simply robbing the tenant, the owner,

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