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1 Immigrants and Urban Life 1872 - 1914
Chapter 20 Immigrants and Urban Life

2 How did immigration during the late 1800s affect the United States?
Essential Question How did immigration during the late 1800s affect the United States?

3 I. A New Wave of Immigration
Changing Patterns of Immigration Old Immigrants: immigrants from northern and western Europe ( ) Great Britain, Germany, Ireland, Scandinavia Protestant (except the Irish) Skilled workers or farmers (except the Irish) “New” Immigrants: immigrants from southern and eastern Europe (1870 – 1930) Greece, Hungary, Poland, Russia, Italy, Czechoslovakia Roman Catholic, Jewish Unskilled workers, escaping religious or political persecution

4 Arriving in a New Land Steerage: an area below a ship’s deck where steering mechanisms are located Inexpensive Cramped Foul-smelling

5 Immigration Centers Ellis Island, NY Angel Island, CA El Paso, TX
Tests Documentation Literacy Health Trachoma – contagious eye disease

6 Adjusting to a New Life Immigrants had to find jobs, find homes, and learn a new language Ethnic Neighborhoods: areas where people shared same language and culture Benevolent Societies: offered immigrants help in cases of sickness, employment, or death

7 Tenements and Finding Work
Tenements: poorly built, overcrowded apartment buildings Often took low paying, unskilled jobs in factories Sweatshops: work places known for hot, unhealthy working conditions

8 Opposition to Immigration
Business leaders wanted immigrants because they work for less Nativists feel too many immigrants are coming into the country Chinese Exclusion Act (1882): banned Chinese people from immigrating to the United States for 10 years Even with restrictions, immigrants still came in large numbers

9 II. The Growth of Cities Immigrants responsible for large urban (city) growth – Chicago, New York, Philadelphia, St. Louis, Boston, Baltimore, Detroit, Cleveland African Americans move to northern cities to escape discrimination and find opportunity (Great Migration) Chicago, 1900

10 Changing Cities The rise of the steel industry made building skyscrapers possible Mass Transit: public transportation designed to move many people Elevated trains Subways Electric trolleys Suburbs: residential neighborhoods outside of downtown areas Boston Subway, 1897

11 New Ideas Mass Culture: leisure and cultural activities shared by many people World fairs brought merchants together Department Stores: giant retail shops Low prices Store restaurants Fancy window displays Public Entertainment Amusement parks Open public space Frederick Law Olmstead: designed Central Park, New York City

12 New Ideas

13 New Ideas

14 III. City Life Shortage of affordable housing forced many poor families to squeeze into tenements Jacob Riis: famous journalist and photographer who exposed these horrible conditions Sanitation problems Poor fire escapes No clean water Pollution Disease

15 Improving City Life Because there was little government aid available, private organizations helped urban poor Settlement Houses: neighborhood centers in poor areas that offered education, recreation, and social activities Hull House: most famous – started by Jane Addams in Chicago to help poor immigrants Florence Kelley: reformer from Hull House that exposed conditions in sweatshops – convinced lawmakers to limit working hours for women and end child labor

16 Statue of Liberty Colossus of Rhodes Statue of Liberty

17 Statue of Liberty Facts
Official dedication ceremonies held on Thursday, October 28, 1886 Total overall height from the base of the pedestal foundation to the tip of the torch is 305 feet, 6 inches There are 154 steps from the pedestal to the head of the Statue of Liberty There are seven rays on her crown, one for each of the seven continents, each measuring up to 9 feet in length and weighing as much as 150 pounds Total weight of the Statue of Liberty is 225 tons (or 450,000 pounds) At the feet of the Statue lie broken shackles of oppression and tyranny “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free; the wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me; I lift my lamp beside the golden door.” Emma Lazarus, “The New Colossus”

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