Urbanization of America 1865-1920
A discussion of the speed at which America became urbanized between 1865-1920.
This paper describes the fast growth of American urbanization from 1865-1920. The writer follows the process of how a city developed – first around a sea port, followed by factories being built. This attracted people seeking employment which in turn lead to the need for better facilities for growing populations.
“The rapid urbanization of the United States was not planned but greatly impacted the economy and the American way of life. In the year 1860 it was recorded that only fifteen percent of the American population lived in cities. As technology advanced into the 1900’s cities grew to occupy almost one third of the American population. By 1920 over half of this country’s population lived in the cities. In recorded history no nation has urbanized that quickly and neatly.”