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Jacob Riis and Popularizing the Photography of Class Trauma

Keith Gandal

in The Oxford History of Popular Print Culture: Volume Six: US Popular Print Culture 1860-1920

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2015
ISBN:
9780199234066
eISBN:
9780191803352
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199234066.003.0029
Subject:
Literature, American, 19th Century Literature

This chapter examines photographs of urban poverty by the social reformer Jacob Riis, with emphasis on what they suggest about the trauma of class subordination, or class trauma. It also considers ... More


Sensational Remediations

Igor Krstić

in Slums on Screen: World Cinema and the Planet of Slums

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9781474406864
eISBN:
9781474421928
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474406864.003.0003
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter takes the decade of the birth of cinema, the 1890s, as a vantage point and tackles the question of how, by that time, the slum has become a topic of high visibility in various media. The ... More


Yelling the Yellows

Vincent DiGirolamo

in Crying the News: A History of America's Newsboys

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
September 2019
ISBN:
9780195320251
eISBN:
9780190933258
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780195320251.003.0010
Subject:
History, Cultural History

The 1890s were the heyday of America’s newsboys. The nation’s newspapers rose in number and circulation and its cities swelled with poor immigrant families in need of extra income. African Americans ... More


Beautiful Democracy: Aesthetics and Anarchy in a Global Era

Russ Castronovo

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
February 2013
ISBN:
9780226096285
eISBN:
9780226096308
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226096308.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, American, 19th Century Literature

The photographer and reformer Jacob Riis once wrote, “I have seen an armful of daisies keep the peace of a block better than a policeman and his club.” Riis was not alone in his belief that beauty ... More


At Home in the Late Nineteenth-Century City

Amy G. Richter

in At Home in Nineteenth-Century America: A Documentary History

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9780814769133
eISBN:
9780814769157
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9780814769133.003.0006
Subject:
History, American History: 19th Century

The domestic ideal that emerged in the 1820s rested on distinctions between marketplace and home, male and female, public and private. At the end of the nineteenth century, changes in American urban ... More


Reclusive Aristocrats

Karen L. Cox

in Goat Castle: A True Story of Murder, Race, and the Gothic South

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9781469635033
eISBN:
9781469635057
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469635033.003.0002
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

The chapter introduces Jennie Merrill, her cousin Duncan Minor, their links to southern aristocracy, and to northern families. The chapter discusses Jennie’s life after the Civil War, traveling to ... More


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