Today's focus was on the attempts to reform conditions of poverty in the major cities in the US, especially the work of photojournalist muckrakers like Jacob Riis and Lewis Hine. We complete a DocBlock of an excerpt from Jacob Riis' book How the Other Half Lives, then analyzed a series of images taken by Riis and Hine. After this we looked a the complexity of motivations for reformers, using those working in the Settlement house movement as an example, then we discussed the immense corruption in local governments and "machine" politics. We ended the day with a second DocBlock, a Lit Circle activity over four different Gilded Age docs.
Don't forget that chapter 21 is due tomorrow, as are the online comments for the last scored discussion. Your next discussion is this Wednesday, and only uses one reading selection, posted under Period 6.