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Haley Grosenbacher Professor Hopkins US History 2 24 July 2017 Document Assignment 2 Jacob Riis, How the Other Half Lives , 1890 Several years after immigrating to the United States, Jacob Riis got into photographic journalism. He wrote a book showing the lives of urban immigrants, in this case the children of the working poor. Every year in New York, thousands of kids in New York are forced out of schools due to overcrowding. Many children were homeless at night. Many young boys have to hand to guide them and often end up in reform schools, or street savages. These poor children have not once left the hood to see the city’s great sights such as Brooklyn Bridge and Central Park. When being questioned, a young, poor boy explains that he does not have clothes to go to Church, he does not attend school, and his family opts for beer rather than bread. To eat, he gets crust for breakfast, and that’s all. The Children’s Aid Society aims to help these children and over thirty-seven years has helped over 300,000 homeless kids. Riis claims that the rescue of these children is key to the problem of city poverty. Andrew Carnegie, “Wealth,” North American Review , 1889 Andrew Carnegie was a prime example of the “American Dream”. He began his career working in a textile factory, and ended as the leader of the US steel industry and the richest man in the world. Carnegie believed wealth should be used to help better the community, and gave up $350 million to build new libraries and higher learning facilities. Today his Corporation is still helping better society by giving out grants. He believes the problem with society is the administration of wealth to bring together the rich and the poor. Castes are formed with little trust and interactions with other levels of castes. He says the human society loses homogeneity. Carnegie states that the wealthy must first, live a modest life. Second, grant legitimate wants to those dependent. Third, to consider surplus wealth in the form of trust funds. In this way, the wealthy can provide wisdom, administration, and experience to mentees. This will ultimately better society as they have the opportunity to build of their mentors assistance and later give back to society. Young Chinese Immigrant Memoir (1903)
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In the 1840s, Chinese began immigrating to the United States to gain the riches of their peers who had come to the United States during the California Gold Rush. White workers resented and discriminated against them, later administering the Chinese Exclusion Act. Lee Chew wanted to test the new idea of riches in the United States, and tells of his migration experience. Lee began work on his father’s farm in China, when one of the poor tribesmen who left to America came back unlimitedly wealthy. With only $100, Lee and his friends took a steam boat to the United States where he started work as a house servant. The Chinese were faithful, cheap laborers, which angered white workers.
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