Essay about An Example Of The Progress Of American Civilization

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Chicago in 1893 was an example of the progress of American civilization from the recent emergence of industrial technology. It was also known as a “gray city” and complaints were made because visitors could not communicate as three-fourths of the population was foreign-born. The changes in the numbers and sources of international migrants in the 19th and 20th century altered the ethnic composition of many neighborhoods with the creation of certain types of neighborhoods and so-called “cliques”. The changes also altered the social makeup of the U.S. population by revolutionizing America to fit the social standards of immigrants.

Through the 1880’s, the majority of immigrants came from northern and western Europe: the British Isles, Germany and Scandinavia. These “old” immigrants were Protestants or German Catholic and they had very high levels of literacy so it was easy for them to blend into the rural American society. Beginning with the outbreak of WWI in 1914, the national origins of most immigrants changed because the “new” immigrants came from southern and eastern Europe which included the Italians, Greeks, Croats, Slovaks, Poles, and Russians. Most of these new immigrants were poor and illiterate and on arrival, they would be crowded into poor ethnic neighborhoods in New York, Chicago, and other major U.S. cities. These “new” immigrants changed the ethnic makeup of the population as ethnic neighborhoods were created to group the new immigrants. The sources…

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