Andrew Carnegie Immigration

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Immigration to the United States is a phenomenon that has been a major source of population growth and cultural change throughout much of the history of the United States. During the late 1800s, millions people immigrated to America fleeing religious, racial, and political persecution, or seeking relief from a lack of economic opportunity. Among these men and women, was Scottish immigrant Andrew Carnegie and his parents, Margaret and Will Carnegie. Economic, social, and political effects of immigration on America have caused controversy regarding ethnicity, economic benefits, and settlement patterns. These effects influenced the Carnegie’s journey to the United States as well as hundreds of thousands of Scottish immigrants.
Andrew Carnegie
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After working hard, he later began a new job Pennsylvania Railroad. Andrew Carnegie slowly climbed the hierarchical ladder of wealth and out of poverty. By 1859, the young Carnegie was financial secure (Andrew). In one last bold move, he invested Keystone Bridge Company and quit his job at the railroad. This led him on a journey to be one of the richest industrialist, entrepreneurs of his time. For the next thirty years, Andrew Carnegie made unparalleled amounts of money and built a multi-million dollar empire. As he neared the end of his life, Andrew sold his steel business and systematically gave his collected fortune away to cultural, educational and scientific institutions for "the improvement of mankind" (American).
This immigrant success story was one of many of its time. During the same decade of Andrew Carnegie's immigration, hundreds of thousands of Scottish travelers came to America, the largest immigration surge of the century (Szasz). In that decade, the 1860s, regions like Pennsylvania and Virginia became a melting pot of different cultures. However, many Scottish traditions have lived on to this day and hundreds of Scottish traditions are still being practiced, festivals are held annually in celebration of their
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These effects influenced the Andrew Carnegie’s journey to the United States as well as hundreds of thousands of Scottish immigrants. During the late 1800s, millions people immigrated to America fleeing religious, racial, and political persecution, or seeking relief from a lack of economic opportunity. While large-scale immigration created many social tensions, it also produced a new vitality in the cities and states in which the immigrants settled. The newcomers helped transform American society and culture, demonstrating that diversity, as well as unity, is a source of national

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