Essay on Industrialization Of The Gilded Age

996 Words Nov 15th, 2014 4 Pages
From 1865 to 1900, America was paving the way for industrialization. The country had built and invented more than anyone had thought possible. However, this time in history was known as the “Gilded Age”. The thought of going to an American city, getting a job, and getting paid was ideal to most outsiders. The problem was once they arrived and found a job, it was not as wonderful as it seemed . It was called the Gilded Age because, from the outside, everything looked wonderful, but on the inside it was spoiled. During America’s industrialization era, the immigration numbers skyrocketed, the quality of working conditions plummeted, and the environment suffered. The industrialization era brought people to American cities in excessive numbers and led to tenement houses, ghettos and nativism. Immigrants from all over the world were going to American cities for a better life but instead ended up living in tenement houses. From 1800 to 1880, New York City’s population doubled each decade. These immigrants needed somewhere to live and the tenement houses were their only option. The buildings were low-rise, narrow, cramped, poorly lit, and lacked indoor plumbing or ventilation (Tenements). With the tenement housing came ghettos. A ghetto is a trashy or raunchy area, usually populated by minorities. Along with other factors the ghettos shined bad light on immigrants. The city people were no longer accepting of the foreigners and nativism began. Most Americans were afraid of the…

Related Documents