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Chapter 5 VocabUS


"New" Immigrant Immigrants from southern and eastern Europe
"Steerage" The worst accommodation on a ship
Ellis Island An island where immigrants European were processed
Angel Island An island where Asian immigrants were processed
Americanization Helping newcomers learn English and adopt American dress and diet
"Melting Pot" White people of all different nationalities blended to create a single culture
Nativism A belief that native-born white Americans were superior to newcomers
Chinese Exclusion Act Prohibited immigration by Chinese laborers, limited the civil rights of Chinese immigrants already in the US, and forbade the naturalization of Chinese residents
Urbanization The number of cities and people living in them increased dramtically
Rural-To-Urban migrant The move from farm to factory
Skyscrapers Ten-story and taller building that had steel frames and used artistic designs to magnify their imposing height
Mass Transit Public systems that could carry large numbers of people fairly inexpensively
Suburbs Cleaner, quieter perimeter, known as streetcar suburbs
Tenements Low-Cost multifamily housing designed to squeeze in as many families as possible
Gilded Age The new lifestyle that middle-class Americans adopted during the nineteenth century
Conspicuous Consumerism Where people wanted and bought the many new products on the market
Mass Culture Household gadgets, toys, and food p references were often the same from house to house
Vaudevilee Shows that were a medley of musical drama, songs, and off-color comedy
Created by: Lugano