Growing cities - problems

Growing cities - problems - In the early 1900s the middle...

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Unformatted text preview: In the early 1900s the middle class was growing but was worried about lawless cities, a desperate poor, and an untouchable rich Falling prices and increased consumerism led to improved standard of living for most Americans Urbanization meant greater access to popular entertainment and modern comforts Industrialization meant the creation of management, clerical, and service industry jobs that were white collar Most of this middle class lived in and around the cities From 1860 to 1900 the percentage of Americans living in the cities rose from 20% to 40% Drawn by jobs, electricity, luxuries, anonymity The cities grew so quickly that overcrowding became a major problem From 1880 to 1920 about 25 million, about half as many people who lived in the country in 1880 80 percent from Southern and Eastern Europe Most illiterate, poor, uneducated Catholic, Jewish, Orthodox...
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This note was uploaded on 11/27/2011 for the course HISTORY 103 taught by Professor Livingston during the Fall '08 term at Rutgers.

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