American Immigration

American Immigration

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  • Push and Pull Factors
  • Passage to America 
  • Ellis island 
  • The irish had several reasons to leave ireland such as to escape political and religious persecution, disease, poverty, and even famine. America was the dream location for the irish due to freedom of religion and speech. They would also have access to jobs that actually payed them.  
  • Area of Settlement  
  • The trip to America was harsh, rugid, and very uncomfortable for immigrants. They could only take what the could hold in their bags and on their bodies, which meant they had to leave things behind. This trip from ireland to america takes 6 to 12 days by steam boat. 
  • Job or Profession 
  •  When immigrants arrived at ellis island they were quarantined and checked for contagious diseases. Then their papers would be checked by customs agents who looked over their papers. They would then be put in line to be looked over by inspectors. After the inspection, if no problem, were out in between 3 to 6 hours and sent without any papers saying their american. 
  • Discrimination or Nativism 
  • Some immigrants did not make enough money to buy a house so they had to make them or live in tenements. Most or all immigrants lived in cities and were very poor. Their houses were dark cramped places with nowhere to move. Their homes were the lowest tier in all of america. 
  • when an immigrant landed in america they were usually poor and didn't know how to make money. These immigrants usually started to find jobs in factories, meat industry jobs and minimum paying jobs. Big companies took advantage of this unslot of labor and only payed them minnum. 
  • The Irish were some of the most discriminated and despised people in the late  1800s and early 1900s. Americans thought they were poor, unskilled refugees who were catholic which some americans hated.  Some companies didn't even let irish work for them.  Some artist drew these men as ape like men that are trying to take are jobs. 
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