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FC: Michelle's American History Immigration project

1: Japanese immigration | the Japanese immigrants came to America in search of peace and prosperity. | they had to overcome hostile neighbors, harsh working conditions, and repeated legislative attacks on their very presence in the country. | In 25 years more than 400,000 men and women left Japan to come to the U.S. and U.S. controlled lands. the most popular places where the archipelago of Hawaii and the pacific coast.

2: African Immigration | unlike other groups of immigrants a lot of African immigrants came to the U.S. against their will | more than 35 million Americans claim African ancestry, and the number of African immigrants increase every year. | American Africans wagged for centuries to get freedom, dignity and full participation in the American society.

3: Polish/Russian immigration | The first Russians to come to the U.S. didn't even have to leave their territory to do so, they traveled east from Siberia an discovered Alaska and claimed it in name of their czar. | The czar never planned to hold onto Alaska and sold the territory to the U.S. in 1867. Russian cultural influences persisted long afterwards however. The Russian Orthodox religion had arrived with the first traders, and missionaries continued to found primary schools and seminaries for generations to come | in the 1800's Russian countryside was strained by severe land shortages. Facing poverty and starvation, farmers and peasants from across the Empire sought a brighter future overseas, and millions set sail for the United States

4: Puerto Rico/Cuban immigration | At first, few Puerto Ricans came to the continental U.S. at all. Although the U.S. tried to promote Puerto Rico as a glamorous tourist destination | In 1910, there were fewer than 2,000 Puerto Ricans in the continental U.S., mostly in small enclaves in New York City, and twenty years later there were only 40,000 more | After the end of the Second World War, however, Puerto Rican migration exploded. In 1945, there had been 13,000 Puerto Ricans in New York City; in 1946 there were more than 50,000.

5: Chinese immigration | Once they realized how difficult their situation was, the first generation of Chinese immigrants scrambled to find some way to earn a living wage. The vast majority of this first group, in the 1840s and 1850s, was young and male, and many of them had little formal education and work experience | Historically, the Chinese had never been strangers to emigration. For long centuries, Chinese travelers had crisscrossed the world and made new homes for themselves in faraway lands. | By 1851, 25,000 Chinese immigrants had left their homes and moved to California, a land some came to call gam saan, or "gold mountain".

6: Italian immigration | Most of this generation of Italian immigrants took their first steps on U.S. soil in a place that has now become a legend—Ellis Island. In the 1880s, they numbered 300,000; in the 1890s, 600,000; in the decade after that, more than two million | By 1920, when immigration began to taper off, more than 4 million Italians had come to the United States, and represented more than 10 percent of the nations foreign-born population | The Italian immigrants who passed the test of Ellis Island went about transforming the city that they found before them. | Many previous immigrant groups, such as those from Germany and Scandinavia, had passed through New York City in decades past, but most had regarded the city merely as a way station, and had continued on to settle elsewhere in the country. This generation of Italian immigrants, however, stopped and made their homes there; one third never got past New York City.

7: Conclusion | Today there are millions of immigrants living in the U.S. and there are more arriving each year. At this rate it's no wonder the U.S. economy is going down.

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