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CHAPTER 15 Immigrant Experiences. 15.2 Why Europeans Immigrated to the United States  1840s to 1890s from Northern and Western Europe  Irish, British,

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1 CHAPTER 15 Immigrant Experiences

2 15.2 Why Europeans Immigrated to the United States  1840s to 1890s from Northern and Western Europe  Irish, British, Germans, and Scandinavians  Late 1800s Eastern and Southern Europe  Italians, Greeks, Hungarians, Poles, and Russians  Push Factors  problems that cause people to move Population Growth, Hunger, Lack of Arable Land, religious persecution  Pull Factors  attractions that draw them to another place. Free and democratic society, land, jobs b/c of industry, stories from friends

3 15.3 To Ellis Island and Beyond  Ellis Island Immigration Station  Most immigrants when through here  Medical Examination Deported if disabled or had disease  Legal Interviews 29 questions  20% failed, 2% Deported  Most headed for cities, lived in cheap housing, and settled around others from their native country

4 15.4 Responses to New European Immigrants  Most were not welcomed in the U.S.  Lack of money and education  Help  No government help  Friends or family  Immigrant aid society  Settlement Houses  Political bosses  Assimilation  Mainly done through schools  Nativism  Did not like immigrants, saw them as a threat

5 15.5 Immigration from Asia  Many immigrants came from Asia as well  Mainly Chinese, but Korean, Japanese and Filipino as well  Mostly Men  Worked on RRs, mining, and farming  They were willing to work for less money, which caused friction Blamed for Economic Problems Lead to the Chinese Exclusion Act Couldn’t become citizens and no more could come for 10 years  Angel Island- Ellis Island of the West  Many people came from Canada and Mexico as well, borders were relatively unguarded.


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