Lect. 5-1 - City Life and Machine Politics Describe the...

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City Life and Machine Politics Describe the problems created by the stunning pace at which American cities were growing. Why did urban reform prove slow and difficult in the late 19th and early 20th centuries? 1. Problems of City Life a. Overcrowding i. Where to put ppl b. Poverty c. Unsupervised Children i. Their parents work, and they just run around in streets all day d. Sanitation i. No cleaning crews for anything (poo in the streets from horses) ii. People also didn’t have plumbing, so they would pour waste into the street iii. No organized waste management crews until turn of the 20 th century e. Epidemic Disease i. Spread rapidly through crowded housing ii. Caused primarily by no sanitation & crowding f. Pollution i. Air quality was extremely poor 1. soot & coal in the air all over (London Fog) 2. Women who wore white gloves out, would need to carry extras, because it g. Fire i. Most everything is still built of wood ii. Happened all the time 1. Eventually became a sort of entertainment iii. Departments were essentially just gangs of people who would put out fires to loot the buildings afterward.
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