Many immigrants were somewhat coerced to leave their countries. Emigration companies placed advertisements in news papers across Europe, some promising great fortune, land, and pro... ... middle of paper ... ...nts to acquire an American education unless they plan on putting it to use in America. Today, in considering America’s rich immigrant history and hundreds of nationalities, which have come to the u.s. to see a new home, we are keenly aware of the hardships and rejection faced by newcomers as they attempted to assimilate into American culture. For countless immigrants, the struggle to arrive in America was rivaled only by the struggle to gain acceptance among the population. It is wrong to allow one group to infringe upon anthers rights only because o religious, or cultural differences.
Members of rural communities moved into cities for a chance to prosper economically, but ended in despair as their children eventually were forced into labor, and their families were victims of discrimination. The Industrial Revolution had a great impact on he social life of the world; the change was evident in the first half of the 19th century. There was a huge growth of cities and new social classes emerged. With the invention of the steam engine, factory owners were able to build their manufacturing plants in urban cities. This lead to the large amounts of countrymen moving into the city in search for work.
Most expected to hit gold and promptly return to their homelands. Upon arrival, immigrants began to pile into cities which quickly became overpopulated. Lack of appropriate housing and generally having little money m... ... middle of paper ... ...ng of the 20th century forever changed America. Many of these immigrants came to the country expecting to find the streets paved with gold, and opportunity knocking at their door. However, an evolving system of labor greeted these immigrants, and they were often forced to adjust to unfavorable working conditions and wide spread discrimination.
Children were called to do many other “horrible” jobs, jobs that adults in this era could not bear, just so long as the bills were paid (Robson 18). The working conditions and treatment of young children during this era was horrible and a lot was done to put an end to it. Families during the Victorian era tended to be large, and it was evident during this time that families could not survive if the children did not work. There was an immense “increase in population” during this period, by the end of the century most lived in cities rather than the country (Bristow 5). Due to economic conditions at this time only a... ... middle of paper ... ... During this era the fact that children had rights was arguable, it was not until the death of Queen Elizabeth in 1901 that this fact was actually recognized.
Between the late 1870’s and the outbreak of World War I in 1914, American’s Industrial Revolution fueled the most rigorous period of immigration in American history. Many millions of people, mostly from Southern and Eastern Europe came to America. Most were poor, didn’t speak English and almost all were strangers to America to society and culture. These were the “New Immigrants”, and they swelled to existing American cities, while also forming new cities in the process. The forces of immigration and urbanization would combine with industrialization to transform a once rural and agrarian nation into its modern form.
Crops sold for ridiculously low amounts of money, and subsistence was a challenge, a challenge that many failed to overcome. The immigrants faced some of the greatest obstacles out of any class at the time. They were discriminated against by the “native-born” Americans and had to face sharp ethnic prejudice. Many immigrants were unskilled laborers and nearly all lived in poverty. These three diverse groups lived very differently from each other and held diverse views on important issues of the time period.
Due to the packed conditions, diseases spread rapidly. Overall, the housing of the working class was unpleasant and many fell ill to diseases because the risk of developing a disease in a cramped environment was higher. In Document 2, it is evident that the tenements were not an ideal living space. Document 6 portrays that factories were ideally designed for the machines and not for the workers, and as a result the working conditions were also harsh. Working shifts were beyond the control of the workers and the job was not necessarily stable because workers could be fired at any time for any reason (OI: “Working Conditions”).
However, even though so many jobs were being created, the massive influx of people into the cities put great pressure on precious resources and resulted in population explosion due to the ever-increasing urbanisation and industrialisation, which exacerbated public health issues which had been ever-present over centuries. The intensity was almost unprecedented, resulting in early deaths - an average age of around 16 or 17. The rapidly expanding population was causing environmental problems, mainly ill health, early death (the majority due to the effects of the poor housing), water supply and sewerage and drainage issues. The most extensive problem, which invariably reflected the medical state of the working class, was housing. Thousands of people were in need of not only cheap housing, but also housing that were close to their work, because transport was expensive up until the horse-drawn trams and workmen's trains came into operation in the late 1800s.
Most of the countries under the travel ban are the countries with the most conflict and violence which therefore produces the most displaced people (“Report on Displacement”). With so many people unable to enter countries of refuge when they need it most, refugees levels are continuing to climb higher and higher. More and more refugees and internally displaced people are being forced from their homes and countries everyday. This crisis affects everyone everywhere and will continue to grow unless actions are taken to stop it. A little under 1% of the world’s population is displaced and this percentage will continue to grow unless a change is made.
The first quota reduced the number of immigrants to 3% of their total population in the country based in the 1910 census. Xenophobia and hatred towards immigrants continued to increase in the following years, cumulating in the National Origins Act of 1924, or as it is commonly know, the Johnson Act. This act further restricted immigration to 2% of their United States population bases on the census of 1890. These acts both passed with an overwhelming majority voting for them. During this time, many social movements were taking place in America, such as the labor movement, the temperance movement, and the reactionary movements of many white protestant groups, and all were looking for public support.