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The Industrial Revolution began in earnest in the mid 18th century and had irrevocably changed the mostly agrarian nature of dwelling in the United States. Cities continued to expand, almost exponentially. The growth came not only from country people moving to the cities, but also by the wave of "New Immigrants."Estimates are that between the years 1880-1920, some 23.5 million immigrants came to the United States, mostly settling in urban areas, despite the increasing scarcity of jobs.
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