Prostitution: The Rise Of Cities

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The rise of cities led to a lot of development in American society. Many people moved to the cities because there were more financial opportunities. Communities based on ethnicity sprouted all through the city and are still present all over the country today. Companies began building upward instead of outward to avoid paying large amounts for big plots of land and paying more property tax. Public transit was another new concept that came to be with trolleys and subways. Cities also saw the development of new power sources going from steam engines to water power to electricity. Different forms of leisure activities were established with the rise of cities such as the movies, amusement parks, and the Vaudeville theater where music and magic shows…show more content…
Political machines would give citizens of their cities food, jobs, shelter, and money in return for their votes so they can stay in power. With this power, politicians were able to make money through the use of insider information, signing contracts where they would secretly receive some of the money back, and taking brides. Political machines did contribute some positives by starting companies to provide public transit, clean water, gasoline, and garbage collection. As the years progressed some politicians began to rival political machines by fighting for the people and advocating for reform. Some of these reforms included cleaning up cities through the “City Beautiful” movement which supported the increase and improvement of parks. Prostitution was also a big issue in cities because of the hard economic times. The attempt to fix this was having police close down brothels and the passing of the Mann Act by Congress in 1910 which outlawed the transportation of prostitutes across state lines, However, this made conditions worse because most sex workers became streetwalkers making them more vulnerable to abuse and lowering their income. Other reforms on the national level that were inspired by cities were the Pure Food and Drug Act passed in 1906 and 56 other laws that were put in place to protect and improve conditions for workers after the deaths of many young women in a fire at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory in New
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