concise notes on immigration

concise notes on immigration - How has the United States...

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How has the United States become a nation of immigrants? Immigration in the U.S. can be divided into three eras (periods of time.) Colonial Immigration From the early 1600s to 1776 (Declaration of Independence) Mostly English with some Germans, Scottish, Irish, Swedish, Dutch and many African slaves. Faced hostile reactions from Native Americans and very rustic and hard-working life. Old Immigration pre 1850s Irish came fleeing oppression by the British and starvation during the Potato Famine. Germans fled civil war Jewish Germans and Catholic Irish faced discrimination from a mostly Protestant population New Immigration 1850s to 1920s As Europe industrialized, their new economies “dislocated” or removed people from their ancestral lands creating a flood of refugees to America. Many also escaped political persecution as civil wars were fought throughout Europe. Most came from southern (ex: Italy) and Eastern (ex: Polish) Europe. Many of these immigrants were forced into “ghettos”: densely populated, chaotic, unhealthy, and
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