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Essay The American Melting Pot

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The American Melting Pot The North and South American continents have been inhabited from ancient times by migrating humans. The first migrations are believed to have occurred by Asians who crossed the frozen Bering Strait from Siberia. When Columbus first crossed the great Atlantic Ocean he mistakenly labeled these natives ‘Indians’, believing he had arrived in India. Europeans then began migrating in mass to this ‘new world’ dividing up the lands of the aboriginals into nations. The greatest of these nations became the United States, which included peoples who had migrated mostly from Western Europe, slaves that had been brought over from Africa and the original natives. These new American citizens of European descent…show more content…
By 1998 only fifteen percent of immigrants originated from Europe and Canada.1 Asia and Mexico have now become the largest exporters of peoples to the United States and this has caused a great debate amongst many in the American electorate as to whether these new immigrants can adapt to the fast-paced and highly demanding American culture, with all its norms regarding work, lifestyle and family. This essay will look at two immigrant groups, the Mexicans and Tongans, and examine American attitudes towards these two distinct non-European groups who have left their homelands in search of the American dream. Two nationalities that have seen large portions of their populations immigrate to the United States are Latino’s from Mexico and Tongans from the island Tonga in the South Pacific. Mexicans have been coming to the United States in search of a better life for decades but are often not educated enough to have a skill worth any potential to provide for their families in their home country. America, their neighbor to the north, has an abundance of low paying jobs that are often hard to employ amongst the American population. These jobs, such as in meat packing, restaurants or hotel services, are generally happy to employ these new immigrants yet often at minimal pay. However, the average hourly pay in the field of manufacturing is almost seven times higher than the equivalent job would pay in Mexico.1 Tongans were not
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