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In comparison with the European urban heritage which stretches back roughly 5500 years the American transformation from village to city was achieved in an amazingly short space of time From the eighteenth century on Americans experienced the painful yet rewarding metamorphosis of an agrarian nation becoming an urban industrial giant that left few of her political economic and social institutions untouched be they the farm the factory or the family In 1790 for example only a little over 4 percent of the American population lived in cities today 70 percent of Americans live in urban areas Richard Hofstadter summed it up well The United States was born in the country and has moved to the city Handlin 3 The rough harsh and crowded lives of the Harlem slums and discrimination against Negroes are just a few of the many results of the urbanization of America Negroes moved to the city away from their farm lives to work in factories as America industrialized With all the Negroes and other immigrants coming to Industrialized parts of America Negro communities such as Harlem were formed With the slums came discrimination for the Negro migrants The white people who had occupied industrial cities first saw Negroes as lesser beings They believed that it was okay for them to be treated unfairly due to the color of their skin This was the belief that parents of white children wanted them to have It was documented that children who intermingled with Negroes at some public schools saw them to be okay and decent but the parents of these children discouraged this kind of thinking and told their children that they had had the wrong attitude towards Negroes As a result of blacks in some public schools many white children were sent to private schools This was just the beginning of discrimination towards black people during the Urbanization of America The following quotation suggests the whites superiority over the inferior Negroes
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