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4th–5th Grade History Activity: New York After the Civil War

Use the interactive image below to discover the living conditions in New York after the Civil War. There were many elements that led to poor sanitation in the city, including horses and other animals leaving waste in the streets, and there was lack of oversight for sanitation. This was also during a time of rebuilding and in the midst of the industrial revolution, so factories were also creating waste that was unregulated. People were flocking to cities for the work, but the population was rising too quickly and there was not enough room for the people which led to crowded living conditions. Use the activity below to learn more.

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This activity is available in our American History A course

Course Details:

The first half of a detailed two-year survey of the history of the United States, this course takes students from the arrival of the first people in North America through the Civil War and Reconstruction. Lessons integrate topics in geography, civics, and economics. Building on the award-winning series A History of US, the course guides students through critical episodes in the story of America. Students investigate Native American civilizations; follow the path of European exploration and colonization; assess the causes and consequences of the American Revolution; examine the Constitution and the growth of the new nation; and analyze what led to the Civil War and its aftermath.

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