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    Major cities grew rapidly in the 19th century. Identify and discuss the problems these cities dealt with as a result of rapid growth.

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    Cities in the late 19th century grew rapidly for a number of reasons the first is that the industrial revolution was in full swing in America and was changing the American economy and secondly the civil war had displaced millions of people and third there was a great influx of immigration into the United States in order to fill up the vast expanding territories as well as provide a labor pool.

    The common problems which plagued the American cities were unemployment, poverty, disease, and crime. The simple fact is that there were not enough jobs to fill the needs of an expanding population. A city which once had tens of thousands now had hundreds of thousands and there was not enough industry to support the increased numbers. This later had the effect of helping increase poverty as the businesses were able to pay less as exampled by the Chicago meat packing plants of that era. This lack of unemployment led to poverty which led to slums and shanty towns; as no jobs could be found and of course poverty which leads to unsanitary ...

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    Cities in the late 19th century grew rapidly for a number of reasons the first is that the industrial revolution was in full swing in America and was changing the American economy and secondly the civil war had displaced millions of people and third there was a great influx of immigration into the United States in order to fill up the vast expanding territories as well as provide a labor pool.

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