The North

The northeast and the old northwest,
Together formed the northern nest.
United by the railroad routes,
The northern states would start to sprout.

Inexpensive transportation,
Caused a surge in population.
High birth rates and immigration,
Also helped to build the nation.

Towns would grow past 1820,
From tiny town to cities plenty.
A faster pace in railroad tracks,
Made people settle down in packs.

So slums would flood in urban North,
When workers came in rushing forth.
Hence it can be no surprise,
That living conditions did not rise.

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