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Title: The Rising Tide of Immigration:

The Rising Tide of Immigration
  • U.S. Immigration 1870-1920

The Great Migration 1880
The Great Migration
The Great Migration
  • The Largest Mass Movement in Human History.
  • From 1880 to 1910, a record setting 23 million
    immigrants arrived in America.
  • At this time the U.S. had no quotas or
    restrictions (limits) on how many immigrants
    entered the U.S.
  • From 1880 to 1921 approximately 70 of all
    immigrants came from Southern and Eastern Europe.
  • The typical Immigrant was young, male, and either
    Catholic or Jewish.
  • The majority were agricultural laborers with
    little money or education.

Push Factors
  • Reasons Pushing immigrants to leave their
  • Agricultural Decline in Europe
  • Political Religious Persecution in Eastern
  • Groups who came included, Jews from Russia,
    Greeks from Romania, Turks from Bulgaria, Poles
    living under Russian and Austrian-Hungarian rule.

Pull Factors
  • Reasons pulling immigrants toward U.S.
  • Newspaper Articles and Letters sent from family
    members painted U.S. as a Magic land.
  • American businesses factories sent recrutiers
    abroad in search of cheap labor.
  • Railroads Steamship companies solicited
    immigrants businesses by distributing pamphlets
    that promised a better life in US
  • Immigrants faced Hardships as they traveled to
    the US

Steerage Class, USS Permland
The Journey Across the Atlantic
  • Steamships Accommodations
  • Trip lasted 8 to 14 days, with approximately
    1,200 to 2,000 people on Board
  • Most Immigrants traveled in Steerage class.
  • 1st 2nd class passangers were questioned aboard
    ship and released
  • 3rd class passengers went to Ellis Island

  • Medical Inspections
  • Sought to weed out undesirables
  • The Great Hall
  • Part of the Registry Hall, officals preformed a
    six second exam while immigrants climbed the
  • Given an inspection card at top of stairs.
  • Medical Exams lasted about 45 Minutes
  • If the doctor found anything wrong the immigrant
    was marked for further inspection

Legal Inspections
  • The Registry Hall
  • Wait was 2 to 3 hours long, sometimes as long as
    a day
  • Legal Inspection
  • Lasted 2 to 3 minutes,
  • Only about 2 were deported

Ethnic Enclaves
Ethnic Enclaves
  • Before Leaving Ellis Island many immigrants first
    visited the money exchange office, post office,
    and Railway room.
  • 2/3 of Immigrants left Ellis Island for Cities
    other than NYC.
  • About 75 of immigrants settled in urban centers
    such as Boston, New York City, Chicago,
  • Ethnic Enclaves provided immigrants with a sense
    of home
  • They included newspapers in native languages,
    grocery stores with familiar foods, people in
    native dress, and churches who were filled with
    people from the home country. They strengthened
    Community and Economic ties.

Living Conditions
Living Conditions
  • City Tenement Buildings
  • Most Tenements were run down, low rent apartment
    buildings clustered together in the poorest parts
    of town.
  • Tenements had six or seven floors which contained
    four four-room apartments
  • Overcrowding

Working conditions
Working Conditions
  • The Immigrant Workforce
  • Majority worked in industrial jobs
  • Rapidly growing industries needed workers
  • Immigrants did not want to work in Agriculture
  • Immigrants unskilled or semiskilled
  • Working Conditions
  • Immigrants were vulnerable to exploitation
  • Average salary was 10 cents an hour (16 dollars
    a week needed to live)
  • Improved Standard of Living
  • Most immigrants better off economically than they
    had been in Europe.

American Treatment of Immigrants
American Nativism
  • Both Native-born assimilated immigrants viewed
    newcomers with fear, hostility, and suspicion.
  • Based on a belief that immigrants posed a threat
    to native-born Americans and their way of life.
  • Nativists often held deep-seeded prejudices about
    immigrants based on their ethnicity, race,
    religion, political and social beliefs

Restrictions on Immigration
  • Literacy Test
  • Called for a restriction on the number of
    immigrants entering the U.S.
  • In 1921, congress passed the Dillingham Bill,
    which established quotas on the number of
    immigrants entering the U.S. and ended the U.S.
    open-door policy on immigration.