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Rise of Industrial America
City Life in the Late 19th Century
Urban and Suburban Living

Although urban areas in the United States experienced immense growth during the late 1800s, suburbs also grew very rapidly. The suburban trend, which had begun in the 1820s and 1830s, grew even more in the 1920s and again in the 1950s. In large part, ever-more-rapid transportion, such as the horse-drawn trolley and then electric street cars, made suburban living possible. The pictures below show examples of urban and suburban housing around 1900. What differences do you see between the two? What advantages do you think each offered to residents? What disadvantages? What impact do you think suburban growth had on the development of American cities?

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Philadelphia slum

Mainline District, Philadelphia, PA

Washington DC slum

Washington, DC, Alley Slums

horse-drawn street car

Horse-Drawn Street Car, Detroit, MI(?)

trolley, Cincinnati

Up the Hill by Trolley, Cincinnati, Ohio

Glenne Ellynn, Illinois

Glenn Ellynn, Illinois

Savannah, Georgia

Georgia


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