11 AP US History 4A
October 7th, 2013
America Moves to the Cities (1865-1900)
“New York, the concrete jungle where dreams are made of, there’s nothing you can’t do. Now you’re in New York, if you can make it here you can make it anywhere. New York, the urban frontier for cities in the United States during this time period, was now second largest city in the world just behind London across the pound with three and a half million people. The transcontinental railroad was being built. Trade was starting to take off. Everything was picking up in America; special things were starting to happen faster than you could blink. There was out with the old new attitude in America. Things were starting to change, but yet it was all too goo to be true as it always it when good things start to happen. Although our cities were growing larger; our cities were becoming great. Our cities were becoming the metropolises we know them as they are today because industries be coming of age, America was moving to the cities and gilded cover of gold America was covered in. Our cities were on the right path to building up the great nation we know and love today, we still had work to do. What shall we do with our great cities was now the main question being asked after all the condition of our great cities affect our great country.
To begin my thoughts, America wouldn’t be where it is today, if it hadn’t been to what was going on now. The industries were starting to take over the economic market in the cities throughout the country. The industries were growing thanks to the inventions of the time. The inventions during this time we the pioneers of the city’s growing without them none of the cities would be possible. For example, without Thomas Edison patenting electricity when he did then inventions such as the electric elevator and trolley never would’ve been able to run. Without the electric elevator, invented by Werner Von Siemens of Germany, then cities such as New York,...
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