BC: Resources: http://library.thinkquest.org/20619/German.html http://www.loc.gov/teachers/classroommaterials/presentationsandactivities/presentations/immigration/index.html# http://www.usatoday.com/news/world/2010-09-28-migrants28_ST_N.htm
FC: Immigration to the U.S.
1: Austin T. at125574 | American History Mon/Wed/Fri 11-12:00 PM.
2: The Germans fled their hometown around the year 1700 to find an easier life. | Germans immigrate to the U.S.
3: Around the 1800's more Germans left for the U.S. At this time, the population growth was forcing people out of family businesses, and steam boats and trains made the immigration process faster. Most of the Germans lived on the countryside. The Germans helped develop our education system, and even helped to start the first American kindergarten. They introduced us to the idea of presents under the Christmas tree, and even Santa Clause and the Easter Bunny. Germans and Americans did get along at times, but there were misunderstandings with religion, geography, language, and other cultural differences.
4: Italians immigrate to the U.S. | Christopher Columbus was the first Italian to immigrate to America in 1492, and people continued to immigrate from Italy through the 19th century.
5: Diseases and natural disasters spread across Italy, but the government couldn't bring aid to the people which caused Italians to immigrate to America. | The Italians settled in Brooklyn, the Bronx, and nearby towns in New Jersey. Most Italians settled in Manhattan, though. | The Italians formed the Contadina food company in 1918, and helped establish a wine industry. | Italians had a hard time finding jobs in America, and people were very prejudiced against them, which led to violent attacks.
6: Japanese Immigration More than 400,000 Japanese left Japan to immigrate to the U.S. between 1886 and 1911.
7: The Japanese immigrated to the U.S. in search of peace and prosperity. They wanted to leave their unstable homelands to work hard and provide a better future for their children. | Most Japanese settled in Hawaii or on the West Coast of the United States. The Japanese founded newspapers, schools, stores, temples, churches, and baseball teams. Most Japanese got along with Americans until the Imperial Japanese navy made an attack on Pearl Harbor, putting many Japanese immigrants behind bars.
8: Mexicans lived in the Western and Southern regions of North America before the U.S. existed, but more immigrated over throughout the 20th century. | Mexicans immigrate to the U.S
9: Some Mexicans stayed in New Mexico, or areas around it, but most didn't settle permanently because they were so close to home. | The Mexicans were farmers in America, and showed us their type of food and their different customs. | Mexicans and Americans got along pretty well, but when the Great Depression came, many were deported.
10: The Irish started to immigrate to the U.S. in the 1840's. Most of them settled in the Middle Colonies such as Pennsylvania, then migrated down to South Carolina. | The Irish immigrate to the U.S.
11: The Irish came to America to search for better lives, and get away from the many diseases in Ireland. They showed us different housing choices, occupations, etc. that we use today. | There were many religion, and racial differences between the Irish and Americans, which led to protests and sometimes violent outbreaks
12: Immigration today. | Back then, as long as you were healthy and had no criminal record, you could immigrate to the U.S. | Today, if you don't have a visa, you can't immigrate to the U.S. | Back then, it only took around 3-5 hours to pass through Ellis Island. | Today, it can take up to 20 years or more to get approval to immigrate to the U.S.
13: On our part, I think the different ethnic groups that immigrated to the U.S. benefited us all in some way. They taught us some of their customs and traditions, and we still use some of them today. For the most part, I think that the ethnic groups that I researched had better opportunities here than they would have at home.