AMH 2 - Finnish immigration was very prominent starting in the early twentieth century They typically settled in places that were most like their

AMH 2 - Finnish immigration was very prominent starting in...

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Finnish immigration was very prominent starting in the early twentieth century. They typically settled in places that were most like their homelands. Such places include Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Massachusetts. They tended to stay more in the Northwestern part of the United States again because it was most closely related to Finland. Also, these were rural areas that were ideal for farming. They left Finland because of low wages and unemployment. They also left because of the takeover of Finland by Russia. This government had many policies that didn’t comply with the Finnish traditions. Especially between the years 1890 and 1914 when Finland was very unstable, the amount of people immigrating to the United States boomed. However, life was not much easier when they came to the United States. Emigration reached its peak in the early 1900’s. In 1902 alone, 23,000 Finns came to America. In 1920 that number escalated to 273,000 people. In 1924, however, immigration was curtailed because of the war. During that time most Finnish people immigrated to Canada instead, because of the U.S. cracking down on its immigration laws. Specifically in Detroit, Michigan the population was expanding rapidly. In 1900, the population of Finnish people living in Detroit was 15; in 1928 there were 15,000. This was not because of people coming straight from Finland into Detroit, but from people around the United States migrating there. This was because of Detroit containing all of the factory and auto plants that gave most of the Finnish people their jobs and inevitably provided what they and their families needed to survive. Michigan in general became and still is the heart of Finnish America. On the other hand, Michigan was not the only place that the Finnish lived.

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