As you learned in this chapter, millions of immigrants from Europe poured into American cities looking for a new life in a nation full of promise. After days aboard crowded steamships, passengers usually disembarked in New York Harbor. Many immigrants settled in the nation's cities, and most ended up residing in tenements—multi-family dwellings designed to accommodate the cities' surging populations. Tenements were the most affordable urban housing, and they offered many immigrants the chance to make a home in the city. This Web site tells the story of a tenement at 97 Orchard Street in New York City. Opened in 1864, 97 Orchard Street became home to over 7000 immigrants from 20 different countries.
Destination Title: The Lower East Side Tenement Museum
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Start at The Lower East Side Tenement Museum Web site.
- Under "Features" on the left, click on Virtual Tour.
- Read through the introduction, and then browse through the site, taking notes as you go. Be sure to view the photos of the different rooms of the apartments in the tenement.
Read through the information, and then answer the following questions.