City Life for the Poor

The poor families struggled to survive in crowded slums. The buildings they lived in were called tenements. They often had no windows, heat or inside bathrooms, and as many as 10 people slept in one small room.

Outbreaks of cholera and typhoid were common. More than half of all babies died before their first birthday.

Cities had not sewers and garbage was thrown into the street.


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