Factors Affecting The United States

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1. What factors combined to attract great numbers of people to American cities? What were the characteristics of these migrants? How did these migrants change once they were in the United States? How did they change America, cities or otherwise?
To put this in perspective, an observant and inquisitive fifth grade once asked her mother: Why does it seem as though Blacks, Hispanics, Chinese, and Europeans from Italy and Poland like living in cities? The racial composition cities in the United States underwent a major changes that might be considered as decisive shortly after World War I. Ayer has indicated that demographers typically distinguish two modes of living: urban and rural. In plainer language, people live in the city or they live in the country. Throughout the nineteenth century, the United States had been mostly a nation of farmers who typically lived in the country. Indeed, immigrants came to America seeking land that they could farm. But throughout the nineteenth century, the population living in cities rose faster than the rural population. By the 1920 census, the urban and rural populations could be estimated to have been equal in size. Slowly but surely, the rural population share drop much more quickly for the rest of the twentieth century. Cities became the location of most of American life: politically, culturally, financially, and economically.
African Americans from the South: The cities grew at a tremendous rate. In some cases, some…
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