Reasons for Immigrating
To put special skills to use
for religious purposes
To find jobs
Problems in home country
For better opportunities
Know-Nothings- Political Party
Worried about the growing population due to Immigration
Want to preserve U.S for only white Protestans
Thought immigrants would not assimilate because of their different cultures.
These new immigrants took any jobs they could find.
Usually construction, setting down railroads, steel mills, meatpacking, mines, and in garment sweatshops
Came on boats where they were crammed in the steerage with livestock, and disease spread fast
About 25 million immigrants entered the U.S. during this time
Came from Poland, Italy, Russia, and Greece
What is Immigration?
Immigration is coming from a different country to another to permanently live there.
Stereotyped in Bad Ways
Problems with Protestans
1st Wave vs. 2nd Wave
From Northern and Western Europe
Had experience in democracy
Catholic or Jewish
Few understood English
From Southern and Eastern Europe and Asia
Little experience with democracy