Jacob Riis at the Museum of the city of New York by Leidy Stoller.


424e2781961e38ac01affe63f995083eLooking at a large number of artworks made of different materials and a large variety of paintings make by brilliant artists, is what we find at some museums. By contrast, what I found at the Museum of the City of New York that made feel goose bumps as soon as I saw them were Jacob Riis’s photographs, such as the five children sleeping on one tiny little bed with their bodies squeezed and lacking food. This touched me deeply and encouraged me to continue caring about others. You can’t miss this exhibition where you will see how the big gap between the rich and the poor affected the less fortunate immensely in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.  Because the rich couldn’t care less for them.

Millions of immigrants were coming to America with faith to find a better life from the one they were starving in their country. But they didn’t expect the injustices that they were going to encounter. As a result, most of these immigrants confronted extreme poverty and so did children. Jacob Riis arrived in America in 1870 from Denmark in May 1849. Not being able to find a stable job, he also lived in poverty and this is how he begun to care about the poorest people in New York in that time. With his 1890 book How the Other Half Lives, in which he showed the giant gap between the rich and the poor, Jacob Riis, helped to improve the quality of life of the left behind because the rest of the society noticed the inhumane conditions of life of the other half. If you go to this museum you may also learn a lot of history and may have some powerful reactions yourself.


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