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The ethnic, religious, and cultural diversity brought by immigrants in the nineteenth and  twentieth centuries has shaped American history and politics. Three Waves of Immigration  Political scientists divide immigration to the United States into three major waves: 1. Early immigration (1700s–1850): Immigrants from western and northern  Europe arrived in great numbers for economic, political, and religious reasons.  Germans and Irish, in particular, came to the United States in the 1830s and  1840s. European settlers imported millions of African slaves as well.  2. Second wave (1850–1970): Immigrants came primarily from southern and 
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Unformatted text preview: eastern Europe to escape violence and political instability in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Several million Jews also immigrated to the United States before and after World War II. 3. Recent immigration (1970–present): Large numbers of people have come from Mexico, China, Korea, India, and the Philippines, as well as other parts of Latin America and Asia. The New York Melting Pot During a 2000 study, the New York State Comptroller discovered that close to 140 languages are spoken in Queens, which probably makes this borough the most diverse area of the United States....
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