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The Perils and Promise of City Life
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Urbanization of America 1870: 20% urban 1900: 33% urban 1920: +50% urban 1870: Fewer than 20 cities with 100,000; NYC less than one million 1900: 40 cities with more than 100,000; 3 cities with more than 1 million (NY, Chic., Phil.) Immigrant populations Key industries linked to urban growth
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Growing complexity and ethnic/class segregation New forms of transportation Class distinctions Inner-cities vs. affluent suburbs Ghettos, slums Tenement houses
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Life on the streets Lack of division between “public” and “private” Presence of children on the streets Children peddling, foraging, etc. Garbage, open sewers, manure, smoke, grime, dirty water
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Jacob Riis, b. 1849 Writer and investigator into American urban life Walking the crime beat Advent of amateur photography Hand-held cameras
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Jacob Riis, How the Other Half Lives, 1890
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Muckraker— someone who seeks to discover
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This note was uploaded on 01/29/2012 for the course HIST 2112 taught by Professor Sutter during the Fall '07 term at University of Georgia Athens.

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