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1 Life in the New Land A Difficult Journey

2 Quickwrite During the late 1800s and early 1900s, million of immigrants came to the United States, lured by the promise of a better life. In a page, describe a moment in your life when you had to move from one place to another (a country, state, neighborhood, house). Explain the push factors (the reasons you and your family left) and the pull factors (why you and your family came). Once situated from the move, was life better or difficult? How? What did you leave behind? What were the challenges?

3 No Matter what part of the globe immigrants came from, they faced many adjustments to an alien world- often unfriendly-culture. By the 1870s, almost all immigrants traveled by steamship. The trip across the Atlantic Ocean from Europe took approximately one week, while the Pacific crossing from Asia took nearly three weeks.

4 Ellis Island Immigrants had to pass inspectiong at immigration stations. About 20 percent of immigrants at Ellis Island were detained for a day or more before being inspected. 1892 to 1924, Ellis island was the chief immigration station in the United States. 17 million immigrants. Angel Island in San Francisco

5 Survivial Once admitted, immigrants faced the challenges of finding a place to live, getting a job, and getting along in daily life while trying to understand an unfamiliar language and culture. Many sought out people who shred their cultural values, practiced their religion, and spoke their native language. Committed to their own cultures, but also trying to grow into their new identities, many immigrants came to think of themselves as “hyphenated” Americans.

6 Nativism Many native-born Americans thought of their country as a melting pot, a mixture of people of different cultures and races who blended together but abandoning their native languages and customs. One response to growth in immigration was nativism, or overt favoritism toward native-born Americans. Nativism gave rise to anti-immigrant groups and led to a demand for immigration restrictions.

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