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Daniel Dunlap America’s Diverse Cultures 2/22/11 Official Encouragement Response “Official Encouragement,” is a compilation of letters and documents put together by Livia Appel and Theodore C. Blegen on Minnesota’s desire for increased immigration to the territory. The publications are taken from the mid-nineteenth century; a period of rapid population growth in Midwest territories. They describe emigration trends to the United States, and subsequently to Minnesota. Many of the documents/letters discuss the need for a better emigration advertising and increased support of the emigration agency. Eugene Barnard, the appointed emigration agent, is the recipient, writer, or one being inquired about in the majority of the documents, which revolve around the struggles of encouraging people to emigrate to Minnesota. These struggles pertain to a lack of general knowledge of Minnesota, money, access to emigrants themselves, a decrease in emigration, and the increase in the Know Nothing attitude
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Unformatted text preview: in the United States. I found of particular interest the Know Nothing movement of the mid-nineteenth century mentioned in this week’s reading. The Know Nothing movement was known for its activities within the American Republican Party and was brought about by the fears that German and Irish Catholic immigrants were hostile to U.S. values. Anti-immigration sentiment is a reoccurring theme in U.S. history and has been popularized in every generation by the fear that immigration will change American values. There seems to be little difference today with popular U.S. sentiments against Mexican immigration. Unfortunately, the Mexican immigrant is viewed as lazy, criminally driven, and after our jobs. The German immigrant was seen as opposing liberty, criminally driven, and conspirators with the Pope who intended to subjugate the U.S. It’s unfortunate that U.S. politicians still capitulate to such sentiments in search of the popular vote....
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