10 FamineIn the early 1900’s there were places in Europe where people were starving.Crops were diseased and people were hungry and dying of starvation and diseases such as cholera.
11 The Great Potato Famine An example of a famine was in Ireland: The Great Potato FamineOver 1,000,000 people died of starvation.Many people had no choice but to leave Ireland and emigrate to different countries to look for food.
15 WorkThere were recruiters in Europe who would encourage people to come to America with the promise of a better life.
16 Work Hungarians, Poles, Slovaks - Worked in Coal Mines Russians, Greeks - Worked in the textile industryMany rail road companies advertised the open farm land that was cheap out in the west.
17 Escaping from Religious Persecution There were many places in Europe where people were discriminated against because of their religion.Especially in Russia and Eastern Europe.
18 Pogroms- organized massacre of a group of people. The government police officers and army would come into small villages where a lot of Jewish people lived and destroy their property and even kill them.
20 PogromsMany Russian Jews were afraid for their lives so they left for America where there was a promise of them being able to practice their religion without being bothered by the government.
21 War Wars in Europe destroyed land, villages, and many many lives! People were forced to leave their homes because they were destroyed or it was not safe to stay there.Many people escaped to the United States especially during World War I
24 The American DreamMany immigrants came to America because they heard about all of these people that made it rich.They heard that America was a place where anybody could become rich, no matter what class you were born in!The American Dream was born!
25 ConclusionIn the early 1900’s floods of immigrants came to the United States looking for a better life.They came because of famine, for jobs, to escape persecution, and to cash in on the American Dream!