Jacob Riis. A police reporter and photographer in New York at the height of his career about 1890.
He was born in Ribe, a little but famous town in Denmark, in 1849 and died worn out in Massachusetts in the United States in 1914.
Ribe is a town with a cathedral and in the Middle ages the kings lived there. It was grounded in the year 710. Jacob was an intelligent, but very restless boy. He was often punished in the latin school for being lazy and rude, a terrible thing for his father to endure. Jacob’s father had worked himself up from poor conditions so he did not look with mild eyes at the boy. In spite of poor schooling Jacob knew languages and read a lot of Dickens and Hans Christian Andersen.
His father was a…
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