Background of the Issue:
Several migration trends have shaped settlement patterns in the United States. One is the movement of people to the West and to the southern “Sunbelt.” Another is the movement from rural to urban areas, which then developed suburbs. These migrations have had a great influence on American life. Use the timeline below to explore this enduring issue.
Debate the Issue: Expanding Suburbs
How does Migration affect patterns of settlement in America?
Expanding Suburbs American suburbs began in the 1800s but mushroomed after World War II. By 1990, nearly half of all Americans lived in suburbs. These communities offered many benefits. But critics say they have contributed to urban sprawl, traffic congestion, and other problems.
Read both sides of the debate below, and answer the questions after reading.
1. Compare How do the two quotations differ in their perspective on suburbs?
2. . Research Learn more about the issues of suburban growth. And write down ten new facts
3. Discuss Learn more about the issue- and write a paragraph debating the issue