Thursday, April 6, 2017

Immigration during Imperialism time period

Many different cultures immigrated to America during imperialism.  The Irish came due to the potato famine.  Most immigrants came from the British isles.  Italians came because of bad economic conditions in their home country.  Some Germans came before their home country improved their industrial conditions.  Many immigrants were craftsman and left their home country because land in America was plentiful and cheap.  Most immigrants were not poor but came to America to avoid poverty.  Many Asians came to America as well but their travels were halted due to the Chinese Exclusion Act which prohibited Chinese immigration.

Immigration in the Gilded Age

There were many immigrants during this time period.  One that stands out are the Irish.  They are different because they were roman-Catholics which at the time was uncommon in America.  Chinese immigrants also were a big group during the gilded age.  Chinese immigrants worked many jobs including building railroads, mining, and clearing land among much more.  Americans didn't like Chinese immigrants and discriminated against them a lot much like the Native-Americans.

Friday, January 27, 2017

Hamiltons view on immigration

Hamilton was himself an immigrant but was surprisingly against Thomas Jefferson's open immigration policies.  Hamilton was concerned about french influence on american politics.  Even after the french revolution, Jefferson and his democratic-republican party stayed attached to the french.  Hamilton said "the safety of a republic depends essentially on teh energy of a common national sentiment."  Hamilton also believed that immigrants will be apt on bringing a part of what they left behind and wouldn't fully separate with their nationalism for their home country.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Immigration In Colonial America

America is known for its diversity, but that had to of started somewhere.  Some of the first settlers in america came for religious freedom.  Pilgrims fled religious persecution in Europe and established a colony in america in present-day Plymouth.  After the pilgrims, a different group of people called Puritans also came to america in search of religious freedom.  A group of immigrants who arrived against their will were the slaves from West Africa.  The first slaves arrived in Jamestown in 1619.  There were around 7,000 African slaves in the American colonies.

Monday, September 12, 2016


I chose immigration as my topic for my US History class blog.  I chose this topic for two reasons.  One is because of how the US is known for its how diverse it is and how many different kinds of people live here.  The other is because of the ongoing presidential election with Trump trying to reduce illegal immigration by building a wall.  The article talks about how there are over 11million illegal immigrants in the US as of today.  Most of them coming for "economic opporunities" and some coming for "family reasons."   In 2000 35 percent of unauthorized immigrants had lived in the country for 10 or more years.  In 2012 thtat number has increased to 62 percent.  Even thought there is a lot of good in having immigrants, when they are illegal nothing good comes out of it.