Week 3 Assignment - Ethnic Groups and Discrimination

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Ethnic Groups and Discrimination 1 Ethnic Groups and Discrimination Melissa Krol ETH-125 February 12, 2010 Instructor: Dalie J. Quiros Axia College of the University of Phoenix
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Ethnic Groups and Discrimination 2 Ethnic Groups and Discrimination Immigrants from Poland have been coming to the Americas for a long-time it is believed that Polish people traveled with the Vikings, Christopher Columbus, and other early explorers. There have been four significant waves of immigrants from Poland coming to the United States. The first took place from 1800 to 1860, the second from 1860 to the beginning of World War I, the third from the end of World War I to the end of the Cold War, and the fourth during the fall of the Soviet Union and Poland’s democratic reforms (Jones, 2010). These people fled their home country for many reasons. They fled for political reasons, the dissolution of their homeland, religious prosecution, conscription, and a better economic life. The first documented occurrence of immigrants from Poland coming to the United States was in 1608 (Jones, 2010). These people were brought to Jamestown by the London Company to work they were hired for their inductrial skills. These early immigrants were denied the right to vote by the First Legislative Assembly (Reisner, Davis, & Miara). The Polish workers went on strike and refused to work unless they had the right to vote (Reisner, Davis, & Miara). On July 21, 1619 the First Legislative Assembly gave the Polish people the right to vote (Reisner, Davis, & Miara). One can say that the Polish immigrants were the first group to successfully fight for Civil Rights. It is estimated that five million Polish immigrants came to the United States since the early 1800’s to the beginning of World War II (Reisner, Davis, & Miara). It is not an easy task to calculate the number of Polish immigrants using the United States Immigration records because
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