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URBANIZATION WEBQUEST Direct links at Go to our course. Choose Gilded Age unit. I.

VIRTUAL TOUR: Life in the Tenements: You will be asked to describe the life of residents in 19th century city tenements and to describe the problems they encountered. To do so, log on to and answer the following questions. You will need to click on the links to see additional photos and to get additional info.

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Introduction: Who was Lukas Glockner? What was his connection to 97 Orchard Street? Hallway (access via “Enter Here” link): What does the word tenement mean? How did housing laws change 97 Orchard Street? Gumpertz Apartment: What happened to Julius Gumpertz?

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How did the sewing machine hurt Nathalie? Define and describe Kleindeutschland.


Rogarshevsky Apartment: How did Abraham Rogarshevsky die?


What was the landsmanshaftn and what services did they provide?


Confino Apartment: Why did the family leave Kastoria?


Why did Sephardic Jews find themselves in a more difficult position than other immigrants?


Baldizzi Apartment: What was the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882?


What was Home Relief?


Levine Apartment: What are the characteristics of a sweatshop?

II. VIRTUAL TOUR: Millionaires’ Row: You will be asked to describe the life of residents who lived in New York mansions during the Gilded Age. To do so, log on to and answer the questions below. 1. Gallery—Millionaires’ Row: How was New York’s 5th Avenue transformed during the “Gilded Age” of the late 19th century?

a. What do you think the older wealthy families of New York were implying when they said the newly rich Goulds and Vanderbilts “perfumed the air with the odor of crisp greenbacks”?

2. The Carnegie Mansion: Describe the “modern” technology Andrew Carnegie incorporated into his mansion on 5th Avenue and 91th Street.


How did Carnegie’s library/study reflect his self-image?

3. The Frick Mansion: Describe Henry Clay Frick’s relationship with Andrew Carnegie by reviewing your notes on the Homestead strike or by doing a bit of your own research.

a. Why do you think Frick had to move his art collection from Pittsburgh to New York? 4. Mrs. Astor’s House: Where did the wealth of the Astor family originate? What does this say about changes or opportunities in city life in the Gilded Age?

a. Describe some of the features that made the Astor home “the most celebrated private residence in the United States.


The Vanderbilt Chateau: Who are the “bluebloods”?

a. Why did families like the Vanderbilts attempt to “graft European history on unseasoned American wealth”?

6. The Metropolitan Opera House: How did the Metropolitan Opera House reflect the divide in New York’s “high society” during the Gilded Age?


What was the nickname of the lower ring of boxes in the Opera House? Why do you think?


IV. CHECK FOR UNDERSTANDING 1. Compare life in the tenements with life on Millionaires’ Row using the Venn diagram:


Millionaires’ Row

2. How did residents of the tenements assimilate, or adapt to life in the United States?

3. What actions did the wealthy industrialists of New York take to assimilate with the “bluebloods” of established society?

4. Answer the following four questions: a. How did technological changes affect residents of the city? b. What were the problems of life in the city? c. How did immigrants change culture? d. How did wealthy industrialists change culture?

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