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Growing Cities

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Illustrated and Designed By
Christian Alas
Sound By
Margarita Onofre

Growing Cities

The U.S. became a place in which many nationalities mingled and the people spoke many different languages. For the newcomers, life in America was hard. Few of the newcomers spoke English, and they were bewildered by the number of people, the noise, and the fast pace of life.

During the 19th century, the growth of industry and factories caused thousands of Americans to leave their homes on the farms and move into the crowded cities in order to find jobs. As the cities were quickly growing, many serious problems arose.

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Many workers suffered from long working hours and very low pay. The workers made efforts to organize and create unions. Unions were usually local groups which were formed to help one another.

They responded to abuses and disputes between their members and employers. The labor movement grew in the 1860s, and became a permanent part of the American economic system by the 19th century. Between 1865 and 1914, factory workers were forced to work six or seven days a week for ten to twelve hours a day..

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Write 5 sentences using some of the vocabulary words.

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Write one sentence to describe the history of Growing Cities for each area below:

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Discuss:

1. What are some of the problems that were caused by overcrowding in the cities?

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2. How were the Native Americans affected by the 1889 Land Rush in Indian Territory?.

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Growing Cities