In the decades following the Civil War, the United States experienced rapid urbanization from coast-to-coast, drastically reshaping American society, culture, economics, and politics. In an intelligent, coherent essay, analyze the reasons for and the major consequences of this urban growth. Make sure to advance an argument about the major causes and effects of urbanization and to cite evidence from Plunkitt of Tammany Hall and at least one other assigned document. You are also free (but not required) cite material from the lectures and the textbook.
In the course of your essay, you may wish to consider (but are not required to consider) the following questions: how did Americans view and address the effects of urbanization? What kind of tensions did urbanization create? What drew Americans and immigrants into the nation’s cities in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries?
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