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APUSH Chapter 25 - Chapter 25 America Moves to the City I...

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Chapter 25 America Moves to the City I. The Urban Frontier I. From 1870 to 1900, the American population doubled, and the population in the cities tripled. II. Cities grew up and out, with such famed architects as LouisSullivan working on and perfecting skyscrapers (first appearing inChicago in 1885). The city grew from a small compact one that people could walkthrough to get around to a huge metropolis that required commuting byelectric trolleys. Electricity, indoor plumbing, and telephones made city life more alluring. III. Department stores like Macy’s (in New York) and MarshallField’s (in Chicago) provided urban working-class jobs and alsoattracted urban middle-class shoppers. Theodore Dreiser’s Sister Carrie told of a woman’sescapades in the big city and made cities dazzling and attractive. However, the move to city produced lots of trash, because whilefarmers always reused everything or fed “trash” to animals,city dwellers, with their mail-order houses like Sears and MontgomeryWard, which made things cheap and easy to buy, could simply throw awaythe things that they didn’t like anymore. IV. In cities, criminals flourished, and impure water, uncollectedgarbage, unwashed bodies, and droppings made cities smelly andunsanitary. Worst of all were the slums, which were crammed with people. The so-called “dumbbell tenements” (which gave a bit offresh air down their airshaft) were the worst since they were dark,cramped, and had little sanitation or ventilation. V. To escape, the wealthy of the city-dwellers fled to suburbs. II. The New Immigration I. Until the 1880s, most of the immigrants had come from the BritishIsles and western Europe (Germany and Scandinavia) and were quiteliterate and accustomed to some type of representative government. Thiswas called the “Old Immigration.” But by the 1880s and1890s, this shifted to the Baltic and Slavic people of southeasternEurope, who were basically the opposite, “New Immigration.” While the southeastern Europeans accounted for only 19% ofimmigrants to the U.S. in 1880, by the early 1900s, they were over 60%! III. Southern Europe Uprooted I. Many Europeans came to America because there was no room in Europe,nor was there much employment, since industrialization had eliminatedmany jobs.
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America was also often praised to Europeans, as people boasted of eating everyday and having freedom and much opportunity. Profit-seeking Americans also perhaps exaggerated the benefits ofAmerica to Europeans, so that they could get cheap labor and more money. II. However, it should be noted that many immigrants to America stayedfor a short period of time and then returned to America, and even thosethat remained (including persecuted Jews, who propagated in New York)tried very hard to retain their own culture and customs. However, the children of the immigrants sometimes rejected this Old World
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