Immigrants: Becoming American And Defining What It Means To Be An American

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From the time Christopher Columbus first landed in America precedence was set; the people migrating to this land would be the driving force in keeping this county dynamic in many aspects. Immigrants arriving in America in the last fifty years certainly are not an exception to this precedence. The large influx of immigrants to America has had a great number of diverse effects that have shaped our country into what it is today. In light of the last half-century, immigrants have helped push the frontier westward, urbanize cities in the east, establish labor organizations, industrialize the economy, participate actively in politics, and bring in cultural diversity. Most Irish immigrants that arrived during the mid nineteenth century faced …show more content…
As a result of the large number of European immigrants that worked in factories, many Irish immigrants were more likely to live in the nation's cities than those who were born in the U.S. With immigrants flowing into America, the cities to which they came grew in population as well as area. Before the invention of the street car, people needed to live in very close proximity of where they worked, so the large numbers of people who were employed by factories lived within close proximity. As a consequence, cities grew larger and denser; large scale urbanization occurred. Advancements in technology, specifically the development of street cars, allowed those who worked in cities and could afford to live out of the cities the freedom to do so. Unfortunately, the evacuation of those that had money allowed many more poor people to rapidly move into these areas taking over old homes as multi-family units. In addition to old homes serving as multi-family units, new cheap homes were built for the poor to live in. Industrial cities became so densely populated that they became dirty and were eventually hit hard with the outbreak of disease. In the years of 1832, 1849, and 1866 there were major cholera epidemics in American cities. There was also a large amount of Irish violence in large cities. These cities eventually transformed into slums. Many immigrants surely wanted to stay out of

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