Analysis Of The History And Legacy Of Homestead

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Carnegie County:
An Analysis of the History and Legacy of Homestead
At the culmination of the nineteenth century in the United States, industrialization was transforming cities at a lightning pace. With a flurry of immigration and expansion, urban populations were multiplying by the decade, at a rate twice the speed of the total American population. In 1860, the city of Chicago had a mere 100,000 residents but by 1890 had exploded to harbor over one million people. Immigration from southern and eastern Europe had skyrocketed over these few decades, bringing a new working class and a new backbone for the American industrial economy. This burgeoning industrial system proved to be very attractive for immigrants across the globe, drawing in around 25 million people mostly from Germany and Ireland. Enticed by photographs of fancy American dressing customs, many immigrants found the reality of American life to be much harsher. City life for the average immigrant was filled with racism from both American-born citizens and other migrant ethnicities, competing for work. Housing was an especially difficult situation for migrant workers; with the average newcomer only carrying around twenty dollars, most could not afford to leave the ethnically divided slums they were clustered into, let alone afford to leave the city they arrived in.
With the country’s railroad expansion in full-swing, industrialists were in need of massive amounts of cheap labor, a need that fresh European…
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