Library of Congress has digitized primary source newspapers from the 1830s to 1922. Search for a topic, then zoom in on the newspaper. If you find it difficult to read in that format, click "text" at the top of the newspaper screen.
The East Side Tenement Museum in New York is a preserved tenement house that shows how working class people lived in the late 1800s. Built on Manhattan's Lower East Side in 1863, the tenement apartment building that houses the museum was home to nearly 7,000 immigrants.