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The Side Effects of Urbanization and Immigration In the times of urbanization changes and improvements occurred hand-in-hand with the arrival of immigrants Anti-immigration acts problems that resulted from overcrowded cities political machines and the Civil Service Commission are just some of the side affects that urbanization and immigration has brought about to the United States in 1850 to 1940 Twenty million Europeans immigrants two hundred thousand Chinese immigrants two hundred sixty thousand Caribbean immigrants and a million Mexican immigrants migrated to United States between 1850 and 1940 Fleeing from religious persecutions economic hardships and political freedom the immigrants were willing to work for lower wages than the native-born Americans were Thus Congress placed anti-immigration boundaries To stop the migration of the Chinese Congress passed the Chinese Exclusion Act in 1882 banning all but a few Chinese immigrants To ban the Japanese United States signed the Gentlemens Agreement with Japan in 1907 Even though the migration of foreigners were minimized more than enough immigrants had already settled in the cities of United States they had made up more than half of the population of eighteen different cities by 1910 Due to the overcrowdedness problems such as housing shortages difficulty obtaining enough clean water removing waste and garage all became a part of the growing cities Many owners would convert single-family homes into multi-family apartments in order to accompanying the overpopulated city however that solution often just caused more people in a small area Problems such as not being able to obtain enough water affected the ability of the city to fight fires Without water both Chicago in 1871 and San Francisco in 1906 suffered from terrible fires With large populations in the cities a new political force emerged The new political force is a political machine that is controlled by a boss the machine is just a group of people that has the powers to
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