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feb3-lecture - T he Modern American City I The City in the...

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The Modern American City I. The City in the Age of Industry A. The Industrial City 1. Vice, crime, low status citizens, seeds of greed and corruption (critiques of cities) 2. Throughout the 1800’s cities would grow in size and importance a) cities are transportation hubs b) population magnets -- both immigrants and migrants are drawn to them for work and to make their fortunes c) America’s population is going to explode -- with much of its growth occurring in cities d) cities are the centers of economy -- house finance and consump- tion (previously centers of trade, now centers of production) 3. Cities become the location of the development of American culture -- landmarks like Central Park, amusement parks, theater, etc. B. Urban Masses: 1. Immigrants a) push and pull factors: push you out, pull you in b) pull factor: solid wages for those with some skill, some polish -- op- portunities in the white collar area (clerks, book keepers, etc) c) mainly from Ireland, England, Germany and scandinavia -- later
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