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What new opportunities did cities create for Americans

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Posted November 8, 2013 at 1:46 AM via iOS

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What new opportunities did cities create for Americans

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted November 8, 2013 at 2:02 AM (Answer #1)

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In the years after the Civil War, Americans moved to cities in large numbers.  They were attracted to the cities for a variety of reasons.  Some of these reasons had to do with economic opportunity while others had to do with social and cultural opportunities.

The main thing that attracted most Americans to the cities was the prospect of getting jobs.  During this time, factories were springing up in cities and creating more jobs that lured people from the country.  There were also jobs, many of them for women, in the large department stores that were starting to open in the cities. 

People were also attracted to cities by social and cultural opportunities.  They knew that in the cities they had the opportunity to experience a new way of living.  They had the opportunity to live in places with electricity and indoor plumbing.  They had the opportunity to shop in the new department stores.  They had the opportunity to attend sporting events, vaudeville shows, and other such forms of mass entertainment.

Thus, the American cities offered opportunities that were both economic and cultural/social.

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