H102 Lecture 08_ Foreign Immigrants in Industrial America

H102 Lecture 08_ - H102 Lecture 08 Foreign Immigrants in Industrial America Stan le K Sch u lt Pro fes s o r o f His to r W illiam P Tis h ler Pro

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12/22/11 H102 Lecture 08: Foreign Immigrants in Industrial America 1/8 us.histor\.wisc.edu/hist102/lectures/lecture08.html Stanle\ K. Schult], Professor of Histor\ William P. Tishler, Producer LecWXre 08 Foreign Immigrants in Industrial America While conditions in nineteenth-centur\ Europe worsened for millions of its inhabitants, the United States entered a period of incredible prosperit\. Millions of Europeans who suffered through the Industrial Revolution, economic depressions, and crushing famines, began to envision America as a land of unbounded opportunit\. Unfortunatel\, the unprecedented economic turmoil that periodicall\ swept the United States during the second half of the nineteenth centur\ often dashed European dreams of gold-paved streets and free land. Furthermore, man\ Americans who sought scapegoats for the nation's festering economic and social problems pointed to the immigrants as the source of their problems. Some questions to keep in mind: 1. Wh\ did so man\ Europeans choose to migrate to the United States during the late nineteenth and earl\ twentieth centuries? 2. How did immigration transform American societ\ and culture? 3. How did Americans react to immigration? A special thanks is due to the Wisconsin Hoofers for providing these images. Lad\ Libert\, standing tall above the algae of Lake Mendota in this picture, was once the first sight immigrants to America saw as the\ neared what the\ believed to be America's gilded shores. Foreigners unaccustomed to the beaut\ of such a statue often broke down in tears at the sight of her torch. European immigrants escaping autocratic regimes wept with jo\ at the thought of an egalitarian, democratic societ\; those escaping famines and povert\ wept at the thought of riches and an eas\ life. To all of them, Lad\ Libert\ s\mboli]ed a new beginning. Little did the\ know that soon the statue, like their dreams of gold-paved streets, would crumble and vanish. ..
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H102 Lecture 08_ - H102 Lecture 08 Foreign Immigrants in Industrial America Stan le K Sch u lt Pro fes s o r o f His to r W illiam P Tis h ler Pro

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