How Did Immigrants Affect The Us

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The time period between the Civil War and the beginning of the twentieth century changed America from a still forming country to a world power. During this transition there are many changes that affect everyone living in the United States. One group particular is affected greatly : the immigrants. Some of the changes include growth, industrialization, and communication and travel. The question lies in whether these changes affected the immigrants in a negative or positive way. After the Civil War, America is eager to begin growing and expanding. America is seen as the growing country where immigrants could start a new bright future. The West offered land claims for those who want to work the land and the opportunity of striking it rich with …show more content…
Being connected by telegraph and changing the world with the inventions of the light bulb and telephone, America is now on the same level as the world powers . This increase in infrastructure creates a lot of jobs for the people of America including the immigrants. Immigrants could travel at easily on the railroad or even make a living by building the railroads. Just like the when they worked in factories factories, the immigrants faced hatred. The Chinese were often given the most dangerous and high casuality jobs, but this did matter because bosses saw the Chinese as expendable. In Rock Springs, Wyoming, the Chinese railroad workers did not want to strike like the white railroad workers (Hon. Huang Sih Chuen, Wyoming Gunfight: An Attack on Chinatown, 1885, 45-46). This resulted in a white mob that robbed, shot, and burned Chinese immigrants (Hon. Huang Sih Chuen). When the riot was over, 28 Chinese were killed and 15 were wounded (Hon. Huang Sih Chuen). The increase in the railroads provided a lot of jobs to immigrants, but at a

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