American Industrialization Case Study

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Key Concept 7.1 I. In what way did the United States continue to industrialize during this time and what caused this industrialization? During this time, the United States continued its industrialization as people moved from farms to cities and small farms were consolidated into large farms. Though both rural and urban areas grew, urban areas generally grew faster, going from 20% to 68% urban population during this time period. Despite more than 1 million farms being claimed during this under the Homestead Act, areas such as the Imperial Valley of California consolidated small farms into commercial enterprises during this same period, and rural areas simply could not keep up with urban areas in terms of growth. This growth in urban areas is the primary way in which the United States urbanized during this time. The United States’ industrialization came as a result of technological innovations and immigration. During this time period, millions of so-called New Immigrants flooded into the United States from Southern and Eastern Europe, primarily through Ellis Island and Angel Island. These immigrants lived, for large part, in ethnic enclaves located in large cities such as New York. These immigrants provided a major source of labor for factories and other corporations, which allowed expansions of operations for these business and massive growth in American industry. Later in the period, greater numbers of Mexican immigrants brought increased industrialization. These immigrants,
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