New Immigration Essay

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New Immigration

From 1820 to 1930, the United States received about 60% of the world's immigrants.
Population expansion in developed areas of the world, improved methods of transportation.
Reasons for immigration, like those for migration, are often economic, although religious
or political factors may be very important. These economic, political, and social
conditions led to the "New" immigration after 1890. Take for instance the political
reasons, where new immigrants favored democratic America where citizens had a voice in
government because European governments were run by upper classes and commoners had no say
in political matters. When it comes to social reasons we see that the European society was
characterized by class distinctions for the lower class and discrimination against
religious minorities, and most European governments forced young men to serve terms of
military service. Economically, European city workers worked for low wages ant there was
unemployment. Immigrants figured finding a job would be easy and making money would be a
cinch.

There is quite a difference between "New" immigration and "Old" immigration in which, the
old immigrants came from Northern and Western Europe such as, Ireland, Germany, Great
Britain, and Scandinavian countries before 1890. They arrived when the frontiers were open
to them, in which they settled down on farms. On the other hand, "New" immigrations
occurred at a later time, particularly after 1890, where immigrants came from Southern and
Eastern Europe such as Greece, Russia (Poland), Italy, and Austria-Hungary. They arrived
when the frontier was closed. They then settled in the cities as factory workers and were
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