Photo from Flickr by frankieleon The voice at the other end of the line was typically American. Polite, yet to the point. I had just purchased two airline tickets to fly out to the UK, to visit my mother and my British boyfriend. It was our first big overseas trip since we had claimed political asylum in the U.
As a new nation, the United States of America thrived.
Bythe population had grown to nearly 10 million people. The quality of life for ordinary people was improving. People were moving west, creating towns along the route of the Transcontinental Railroad, which connected the entire country by rail, east to west, for the first time.
The prosperous young country lured Europeans who were struggling with population growth, land redistribution, and industrialization, which had changed the traditional way of life for peasants.
These people wanted to escape poverty and hardship in their home countries.
More than 8 million would come to the United States from to Department of Homeland Security. As slaves, they were not considered citizens. Large farms and plantations depended on the free labor they provided in fields and homes. It was difficult, backbreaking work.
Inthe United States government banned the importation of enslaved people into the country, although the practice did continue illegally.
Slavery, however, was not abolished for nearly 60 more years. Inseven out of 10 foreign-born people in the United States were Irish or German. Most of the Irish were coming from poor circumstances.
With little money to travel any further, they stayed in the cities where they arrived, such as Boston and New York City. More than 2, Irish arrived between and The Germans who came during the time period were often better off than the Irish were. They had enough money to journey to the Midwestern cities, such as Chicago, Cincinnati, and St.
Louis, or to claim farmland. More than 2, Germans arrived between and A potato fungus, also called blight, ruined the potato crop for several years in a row. Potatoes were a central part of the Irish diet, so hundreds of thousands of people now didn't have enough to eat.
At the same time of the famine, diseases, such as cholera, were spreading. Starvation and disease killed more than a million people.
These extreme conditions caused mass immigration of Irish people to the United States. Between andmore than a million Irish are estimated to have arrived in America. The men found jobs building railroads, digging canals, and working in factories; they also became policemen and firemen. Irish women often worked as domestic servants.
Even after the famine ended, Irish people continued to come to America in search of a better life.
The Northern states and Southern states could not agree on the issue of slavery. Most people in the Northern states thought slavery was wrong.
People in South, where the plantations depended on slavery, wanted to continue the practice. Inthe Civil War began between the North and South.
It would be an extremely bloody war; overpeople would die in the fighting. Many immigrants fought in the war. Since immigrants had settled mostly in the North, where factories provided jobs and small farms were available, hundreds of thousands of foreign-born men fought for the Union. InPresident Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, which declared that all the slaves in the rebelling Southern states were free.
It was the beginning of the end of slavery. To ensure that the abolishment of slavery was permanent, Congress passed the 13th Amendment to the Constitution, which outlawed slavery throughout the United States.
The 14th Amendment, adopted indeclared that African Americans were citizens of the United States. InAfrican Americans numbered almost 5 million and made up People began moving away from the now crowded Eastern cities.
Some were motivated by the Homestead Act ofwhich offered free land from the government. The government offered to give acres of land—considered a good size for a single family to farm—in areas including Minnesota, Iowa, Kansas, and Nebraska.What Is The Immigrants American Dream?
If one is asked the future of this country, it is going to be a long debate and an unending talk about the failures and achievements of America. This is because different people see the same subject in different light.
The beautiful land of the New World amazed the European explorers who arrived on North American shores around They realized the economic possibilities of .
Apr 03, · A Dream Displaced: Part 2 As gentrification closes in, immigrants in Lincoln Heights find their American dream slipping away. AMERICAN DREAM AND LATINO IMMIGRANTS 3 Abstract Many Latinos from Mexico, Central America, and South America have made the decision to immigrate to the United States in recent years—whether legally or illegally.
The American Dream legally protects every American's right to achieve their potential. That allows them to contribute their utmost to society.
It is the belief that the best way to ensure national progress is to protect citizens’ right to improve their lives. The American dream is a term used in a lot of ways. However, it revolves around the thought that anyone living in the US can achieve something coupled with the .