The First Wave Of Immigration

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Although some level of immigration has been continuous throughout American history, there have been two epochal periods: the 1880 to 1924 Age of Mass Migration, primarily from Southern and Eastern Europe, and the Post 1965 Wave of Immigration, primarily from Latin America and Asia. In this research paper, I would focus on the first wave which occurred in the 1900; including impact, living and work condition; reasons for coming, and change in immigration laws. America experienced a large wave of immigration to its shores in the years following the American Civil War and Reconstruction. In the years between 1881 and 1920 more than 23 million new immigrants arrived in the United States. These wave immigrants came from all parts of the world, but more came from Europe than any other region. After the depression of the 1890s, immigration jumped from a low of 3.5 million in that decade to a high of 9 million in the first decade of the new century. Immigrants from Northern and Western Europe continued coming as they had for three centuries, but in decreasing numbers. After the 1880s, immigrants increasingly came from Eastern and Southern European countries, as well as Canada and Latin America. By 1910, Eastern and Southern Europeans made up 70 percent of the immigrants entering the country. After 1914, immigration dropped off because of the war, and later because of immigration restrictions imposed in the 1920s.

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