America The Story of Us – Cities

“America: The Story of Us – Cities”

Video Guide

  1. What country gave the Statue of Liberty to the United States?


  1. Why was New York City in danger of losing the Statue of Liberty soon after it arrived?


  1. Where did most immigrants arrive as they entered the United States?


  1. What critical ingredient was needed to build cities upward?


  1. How did Andrew Carnegie solve the problem of steel production?


  1. Where does Carnegie build his first steel plant?


  1. What was the other breakthrough that allowed buildings to grow so tall?


  1. What problems do many cities in America face by 1890?


  1. How was the problem of identifying criminals solved?


  1. What other problems were plaguing urban streets in the late 1800’s?


  1. What did Jacob Riis use to photograph the desperation of life in the slums of



  1. What was Riis trying to accomplish with his slide shows of tenement living?


  1. What were the first two steps accomplished by Riis in his photography?


  1. What is the biggest cause of disease in New York and other cities in America?


  1. Who were the “white ducks”?


  1. What were the results of Col. George Waring’s efforts in New York City and other cities

in America?

  1. What other improvements were made in American cities?


  1. What was Thomas Edison’s major invention?


  1. What obstacle did he have to overcome before he could perfect his invention?


  1. What material finally worked in his invention?


  1. Once Edison has invented the light bulb, what followed it?


  1. What problem was created when people worked in the tall buildings of cities?



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