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Riis

[rees] /ris/
noun
1.
Jacob August, 1849–1914, U.S. journalist and social reformer, born in Denmark.
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  • There was a boy born in this town whose name was jacob riis.

    Heroes of To-Day Mary R. Parkman
  • jacob riis used often to say that the apparent corruption of our politics was largely due to crass ignorance.

    Teaching the Child Patriotism Kate Upson Clarke
  • jacob riis came to know the shadows of the great city—all the miserable alleys and narrow courts of the East Side slums.

    Heroes of To-Day Mary R. Parkman
  • Mr. jacob riis founded a flower mission on a similar experience.

  • jacob riis noted among immigrants the working of a lower sense of obligation due to absence from accustomed home associations.

  • jacob riis argued that the lantern of an ideal held aloft would similarly hold young men in life's path of righteousness.

    Principles of Teaching Adam S. Bennion
  • Long afterward he told his good friend jacob riis how he arrived at it.

  • Then jacob riis—a man for whom every American must feel a profound admiration—strode upon the platform, filled with indignation.

    Applied Eugenics Paul Popenoe and Roswell Hill Johnson

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