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Growing cities - problems

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In the early 1900s the middle class was  growing but was worried about lawless  cities, a desperate poor, and an untouchable  rich
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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
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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
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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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