The United States Of America

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The United States of America was sought out by immigrants as a place of freedom and refuge. Throughout America 's short history, people from all over the world looked to America as a land of opportunity. Immigrants from Eastern European countries such as Poland, Lithuania, and Hungary poured into the United States in the mid 19th century. The large amount of immigration from Eastern European countries to the United States between 1919 and 1924 was due not only to the opportunities of work and freedom in America, but also to the hardships experienced in their home countries. The wreckage in Eastern Europe caused by World War I caused many immigrants to flock to the United States. In the late 1910 's, World War One just ended and Eastern Europe was in turmoil. In the year 1918, an influenza epidemic, also know as the Spanish Flu, wiped out millions more Europeans from an area already hindered by four years of growing privation. The war allowed this sickness to spread across borders freely, and contaminate a majority of the population. Adding on to the disease stricken area, the end of the war transformed the political geography of Europe and the Middle East. The giant empires such as the Ottoman and Russia were replaced by new, small states. This was mainly due to the aftermath of the Great War, where certain areas under Russian rule felt no national pride in their country, so they all created their own that they could be proud of. Many leaders wanted to create a "New…

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