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One historian wrote, "The history of America is __."


There has been __ or discrimination in the United States against one or another immigration group.


__ is treating people in a different way because of prejudice.

United States

Compared with the history of immigrant groups anywhere else in the world, the __ comes out pretty well!


The very first people who started __ in North America were immigrants! Settlers in America came from many different lands.

1. European countries were at war and this made traveling on the oceans dangerous.
2. Several European governments tried to stop emigration so that a loss of population would not stop them from carrying on with the war.

Immigration to America did slow down between the 1770s through the 1820s. Name two reasons for this.


__is leaving one country to live in another.


By the 1830s immigration started to __ rapidly. More than one out of every eight people living in the U.S. was born somewhere else.


The 'push' toward immigration for most people was __. European families were having to make do with less farmland.


Many __ farmers came to the U.S., especially when crop failures struck in the 1840s.


Many __ farmers came to the U.S. when their small rented potato farms were turned into sheep pastures

potato blight

In 1846, a disease called __ wiped out the entire crop of Irish potatoes several years in a row. Starvation was everywhere.

newspapers, books and business ads

Many felt 'pulled' to America. They learned about this new nation in ____.

letters written by friends and relatives who already moved there

The most important 'pull' to America came through __.

American Fever

__ was not a virus! It was the rush that overcame many residents to move to America!


Immigrants traveled below deck on a ship designed to carry __, not passengers. There were not enough bunks for everyone to sleep in. They had to take turns!


Many immigrant passengers became __ throughout the voyage. Passengers often had no food except what they brought with them. Drinking water was very limited. The voyage lasted anywhere from 30 to 90 days!


Immigrants set foot in America at the __ where their freighters were going.


A __ is a city with a harbor where ships can load and unload.


How did immigrants decide where to settle once they arrived? Farmers with enough money traveled south or west and bought __.


How did immigrants decide where to settle once they arrived? Skilled workers (such as tailors, miners, printers) found jobs in the __.

cities where many jobs were available

How did immigrants decide where to settle once they arrived? Those with no special skills settled in __

native country

Many immigrants settled near others from their __.

muscle power and their time

Many of the farmers were too poor to buy a farm. They had nothing to sell but __ and __.


American cities had plenty of __ such a streets to be swept, ships to be (un)loaded, garbage to be hauled, houses to be cleaned, etc.

New York City

In the 1850's __ alone had over 20,000 such jobs! Immigrants held 19,500 of these jobs.


The poorest and least skilled of all the immigrants were probably the Irish. They worked on the __, canal, and heavy construction projects.


A __ is an apartment building, often overcrowded and poorly kept, usually in a city slum


Very few immigrants regretted their move. America offered a __ for them and their children. They saved to bring over (the ocean) other family members to join them.

The Civil War ended and people were glad that the nation was no longer divided.

Why did immigration increase after 1865?


People wanted to come to the United States when the __ was strong. Therefore, the history of immigration can also tell you something about the history of the American __.


Another reason for the huge increase in immigration was that large __ had replaced sailing ships.


Ocean voyages were faster, cheaper, and more pleasant. After 1865, immigrants could travel on __ ships rather than on freighters.


Immigration from northern and western Europe is called __ Immigration


__ Immigrants came from southern and eastern Europe, Asia, Canada, and Mexico

to stay and build a new life (like the old immigrants), to get enough money to bring back to their native countries, or to avoid persecution

Why did the New Immigrants come to America?

Birds of passage

New Immigrants who came to America to earn enough money to bring back to their native countries were called __


__ Immigrants came to America for great open spaces and plenty of land for farming.


__ Immigrants came to America for the great cities and well-paying jobs in factories.


. New Immigration gave American cities a __ flavor. Special ethnic neighborhoods such as Chinatown, Little Italy, etc. developed.


Making a living was not easy for the New Immigrants because many had no skills and spoke no English. They met __ in the way they were paid.

immigrants and slaves

__ and __ helped to build America. Life was hard for them, however, they were far better off than they had been in their native lands.

public schools

In time, many immigrants learned new skills, improved earnings, afforded better housing, and thanks to __, gave their children a future.

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