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Rise of Industrial America
City Life in the Late 19th Century
Industrial Cities

Driven by a wealth of natural resources, inventive minds, and risk-taking industrialists, the nation's industries grew dramatically during the late 1800s. As industries grew, so did the towns and small cities in which they were located. Needing labor, transportation, housing, power, and so on, small cities and towns became booming industrial centers with thousands of workers. In the photos that follow, examples of industries in "industrial cities" are pictured. In what ways do you think the industries pictured below led to the creation of industrial cities? Based on what you observe in the photos, why do you think many people believed that industrialization was both a blessing and a curse to the cities in which industries were located?

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Illinois Steel Works

Illinois Steel Works, Joliet

Illinois Steel Works

Illinois Steel Works, South Chicago

Iron Works

Globe Iron Works Ship Yard, Cleveland

Solvay Process Co.

Solvay Process Company's Works, Syracuse


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