Subject: American Cities, 1850-1900
Reading Level: Adult / High School
The United States changed dramatically between 1850 and 1900. The nation moved from a largely agrarian, rural and marginally-connected group of states to an urban, industrial, and more unified country. Manufacturing goods through large-scale factory production was at the core of this transformation. Cities were the center of this change, and migrants, either from rural areas or from overseas, provided the labor. A survey of New England bird’s eye views captures the essence of this changing era.