Essay on The Effects Of Rapid Industrialization On The Slums

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rapid industrialization, space became very limited. With little living space, “Landlords knew they could rent dwellings for a profit regardless of their conditions.” Immigrants and other poor laborers simply could not escape this poverty. They lived hard lives. At work, conditions were poor and wages were low. Many were crowded in overpriced and abysmal housing. In this sense, immigrants, migrants, and low wage earners paid the highest price for rapid industrialization.
The slums conjured up by rapid industrialization were eventually exposed. Jacob Riis, a Danish immigrant, photographed and wrote about the slums in New York City. In his book, How the Other Half Lives, Riis went on to discuss how the babies in the slums were affected. Riis notes how, “Only the poor abandon their children,” because they cannot care for them. After an infant is abandoned Riis writes that, “Few outcast babies survive their desertion long.” The terrible life of people in the slums is presented by Riis in a very dark tone. It seems that death was a common theme in the streets, in the workplace, and at home for poor laborers.
Through it all, some workers rose up. They used political strategies to curb the effects of rapid industrialization. Anarchy and Socialism became two political strategies purported during the time. Walter Wyckoff, a laborer, documented this undertaking among revolutionaries in Chicago. He found that both the Socialist and Anarchist, “were heartily at one in their dislike…

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