Urbanization Dbq Analysis

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The social problems that urbanization and industrialized in the late 19th century created was slums. “Forty-two men and women in a room not more than twelve feet square, and in the corner on a heap of dirty straw lay a woman with a newborn babe” (Related Document 1, pg. 275). Immigrants were living in an overcrowded tenement and having to pay high rent. They lack access to clean water for drinking, garbage and sewage system. Most of the people who live in the slums became the victim of crime and diseases. Urbanization and industrialized caused more crime and the spreading of disease because of overcrowding and housing shortages. As a result, it causes poverty and unemployment for immigrants who settled down in New York. Most of the immigrant work in a sweatshop that is done in the tenement that serves as garment factories. “Has to work infinitely harder than any man…for the poorest pay” (Related Document 1, pg. 277). Immigrants earn a…show more content…
Based on the Social Darwinism, it argued that only the fittest in human political and economic struggle. This theory were placed and applied in the society. If people were poor or struggle it was their fault. They were viewed negatively by American and were assumed that they were lazy and tend to be inferior because of their character.
Riis advocate for tenement housing reform and the slums were problem Riss seek to solve. Riis main audience were the middle-class people. The method he used to appeal to his audience was racial and ethnic stereotype through his photograph that he took from the slums. He used Flash photograph (magic lantern slide) that he took at night and include them in his show that he produce to appeal to his audience. He took the photo of the immigrant to get attentions from his audience and gain sympathy for the poor immigrants who lives in the slums. He also used fear, disease, crime to call for changes in the
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