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BC: Resources http://ellis-island-immigration.com/ellis-island-immigrants-italian-irish-and-polish/ Images from google.com http://www.ellisisland.org/genealogy/ellis_island.asp

FC: Immigration Project | By Reagan 117773 American History 10:00 mwf

1: Germans | Many Germans came to America in search of a better life, because they were frequently being attacked by army's of various nationalities. | Germans clustered in Ellis island

2: Inhabitants of the southwestern part, of Germany especially, were constantly robbed and tortured. Entire villages were often burnt down and their inhabitants killed. During the flood of emigrants from Germany, its rulers tried to stop the flow, but to little effect. In fact, the flow increased, and in 1709 about 15,000 Germans left for Britain, and 3,000 crossed the Atlantic to New York. In 1745, there were an estimated 45,000 Germans living in Pennsylvania alone. | Germans page 2

3: Irish | Irish came to America for two main reasons, the first is the Irish Potato Famine, and is probably the most well-known reason why many Irish men and women decided to make for America. Although the potato famine is the most well known, The Industrial Revolution is considered a primary trigger for the influx of Irish immigrants into America.

4: Irish | In 1845, a fungus destroyed the important potato crop, causing hunger and poverty among the lower classes. Often, the Irish did not even own the fields where the potatoes rotted in the ground instead, they were forced to lease their lands from rich British landowners. When disaster came, paying rents and feeding their families became impossible

5: Many Polish immigrants came to America for economic, political and religious reasons. Most came from the South and Southeastern parts of Poland. At that time, they were very poor and overpopulated areas. Many immigrants were illiterate and unskilled laborers, even in their own country. | Polish | Polish immigrants arriving at Ellis island

6: Italian | Most of the Italian immigrants came from southern Italy, leaving to escape the economic hardship, natural disasters, and high taxes.

7: Once they passed through Ellis Island, many Italian immigrants settled right in New York City, bringing with them their culture and beliefs. The new American-Italians clustered into groups that corresponded to their place of origin.

8: Pros & Cons | It was a good thing that the immigrants could come to America to start over and escape the horrible things they were going through, but they had to work many long hard hours for money to keep there houses, and get food for their families.

9: Pros & Cons | Another good thing is that cities could grow, and make more jobs. But the con in that is that it often overcrowded the city, and made it bad for living in.

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