A.) Jacob Riis was a reporter, photographer, and social reformer. His most well known work, "How the Other Half Lives", showed wealthy people conditions of slums in New York City. This book inspired legislature that helped the poor and changed some factors about tenements. B.) This is important in our unit because we are looking at differences between rich and poor and public health and safety. Jacob Riis highlighted both of these issues in his novel. He showed how children were sleeping in manure and showed how abysmal tenements were in general. He also compared the horrid ways the poor lived to the wealthy, who lived just blocks away. C.) First, why Riis did not write about issues other than those involving poverty and tenements? Second, was there really a change in wealthy people after they read his book? D.) I think it is very interesting that Riis was willing to risk his career in reporting to show people an extreme problem. I also think it is intriguing that he laid the foundation for muckraking journalism, which I know is an important topic this unit.
A.) Carrie Chapman Catt was teacher and superintendent in Iowa. She became interested in the women's suffrage movement and became very involved. She was the president of the National American Woman Suffrage Association (NAWSA) twice. She would be considered to be one of the main people who helped women achieve the right to vote. B.) In our unit, this is extremely important. Women's suffrage is an important topic in our unit, and Catt was one of the leading ladies who fought for suffrage. We should remember her as a hero for all American women. C.) One thing I wonder about Catt is how she was the president of NAWSA twice. What was she doing during the ten years between her presidencies? Second, how was she able to rise to power in NAWSA so quickly? D.) Something that really interests me about Catt is how she was on the road campaigning for a good part of the year. I think it's great that she went to different places so new people would hear her beliefs. Another thing that I think is interesting about Catt is that she believed, and said "it was woman’s natural right to participate in politics on an equal basis with men." Many people, not even suffragists would have the guts to say something like that, so she was very brave.
A.) Ida B. Wells was a very prominent journalist and activist in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. She handled sexism, racism, and violence like lynching. She used her journalism skills to shed light on African American treatment. She was born into slavery during the Civil War. When the war ended, her parents became politically active, which inspired her. She was a founder of the National Association of Colored Women’s Club. B.) Ida B. Wells is important within the unit because during the early-mid 20th century, there were many advances with women's rights and civil rights. Ida B. Wells was a pioneer in this field and without her, the advances may have not been as prominent. C.) I still wonder a few things about Wells. First, how was she able to become a successful journalist when there was so much discrimination against her? Second, was she ever hurt or harmed by people who were against her views? D.) One interesting aspect about Wells is that she raised her siblings after her parents died. This struggle grew her to be a strong, no-nonsense woman. Another interesting thing about Wells is that she was able to balance raising four children and her busy job.