Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Immigration in the United States During the Great Depression 

Hello again! My topic this week will be about the Great Depression and how it influenced Immigration. Immigration has still and always will be a crucial part of America, but in the 1900's it really started to slow down.  New laws and acts made it harder for Asians to come into the country. This caused a decrease in immigration numbers for the first time; however people still wanted in.  This all changed from 1929-1941 because of the Great Depression.
For the first time people did not want to come to America because of the situation here.  For the past few hundred years, America was a land of opportunity, but now people have better opportunity in their home land.  This article, http://immigrationtounitedstates.org/527-great-depression.html , discusses the decrease in immigration during this time period.  The great depression effected all sorts of countries around the world, but America is still worse.  For the 12 years of the depression, immigration was at an all time low in America.  This is probably because it was so hard to find a job and place to live.  If people came to America during this time period they were setting themselves up for failure.  This article is very true in the aspect of why the immigration numbers were so slow.  The world wide economic  downturn decreased immigration everywhere.
This is unfortunatley my last blog of my career.  I really appreciate all my viewers out there, you will be missed! Shout out Mr. Harding for making us do this great activity.
Peace out,
Drew Weidman

Monday, March 20, 2017

Immigrants in the United States During the Gilded Age 

Hello again! My topic this week will be about immigrants in the United States and how they lived during the Gilded Age.  The Gilded Age in the United States' history is the late 19th century, from the 1870's to the 1900's.  Like I say every blog, immigration is one of the most important things.  It continues to grow every single year and in the Gilded Age it is at it's peak.  In the 1800's only around 5 million people called America home, but by the 1900's this number grew drastically to around 75 million.  This article,  http://ushistoryscene.com/article/immigrants-cities-disease/ , talks about where these immigrants worked and lived in the U.S.  This article talks about two different types of immigrants, "new" and "old".  The old immigrants were the English speakers who immigrated to the United States between the 1800's and the 1870's.  For these old immigrants saw america as a land of opportunity and they came to look for jobs and a better life.  The "new" immigrants came to the United States between the 1870's and the 1920's.  These immigrants were more poor than the older immigrants.  They came from more diverse locations as well.  These new immigrants came to America to work.  They lived in Settlement houses which were first made by Jane Adams.  The houses provided poor immigrants with a place to live.  Without these houses like the Hull house, a popular settlement house founded by Jane Adams, many immigrants would not have made it in the United States.
At the end of the day, all immigrants came to America for the same reason, for a better life.  Immigration will continue to grow and i look forward to telling you that in my next blog.
Stay Tuned,
Drew Weidman  

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Immigration Along Side the Civil War 

Hello Again, my topic this week will be about immigration before, during and after the Civil war. Like I said in my past blogs, immigration is one of the most important things for our country.   Immigration has been growing ever since the 1600's and it hit its' peak on the eve of the civil war.  From 1845-1855 over 90 million people immigrated into the United States.  These people were not aware how fast things were going to change when they were settling in the North and the West.  This article,  http://immigrationtounitedstates.org/435-us-civil-war.html, explains the effect immigrants had on the Civil War.  From 1861-1865, immigration into America decreased tremendously.  As America was in the middle of a Civil War, people were scared and too worried to come.  These immigrants had a huge effect on the War.  When people were immigrating into the country, they settled in the North and the West; almost never in the South.  When the Civil War started, the North had a huge advantage due to population.  The immigrants sided with the North and helped them mass produce equipment in the war.  As the war came to an end, and the North won, America was an even hotter ticket.  America offered so much more opportunity now, and immigrants saw that.  With the new 14th Amendment, an amendment concerning citizenship, immigration saw a steep incline in immigration again. Thank you for reading my blog and I'll see you next time.

Drew Weidman

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Immigration During the Revolution 

Except for Native Americans, all United States citizens have some sort of immigration experience whether brought by force or by choice. However, immigration to the United States continued to grow throughout the revolution.  As talked about in my past blogs, almost everyone living in the United States is here because of some sort of immigration.  As many people immigrated to the United States in the revolution, a good amount of people immigrated out.  In this link,   http://immigrationtous.net/18-american-revolution-and-
 immigration.html, the immigration of British out of the United States is described in detail.  The tensions between the British and the 13  colonies increased causing the revolution to begin.  By 1775 only one in every 5 Americans considered themselves to be loyal to Britain. As the rebels started to gain the upper hand in the Revolution, the loyalists began to resettle in Britain's northern colonies.  Following the Treaty of Pars (1783) loyalists immigrated to Quebec, New Scotia, and New Brunswick.  This proves that people were not only immigrating to America but they were also immigrating out.  Many countries populations today are based upon who immigrated into them hundreds of years ago. Until next time, Drew Weidman  

Sunday, September 25, 2016

European Immigration 
Gold, God, Glory.  Welcome back to my bog!  The topic this week will be all about European immigration in the 1600's.  Gold, God, and Glory have been constantly repeated to us throughout school when talking about immigration.  We talk about the reasons for immigration every time we talk about exploration in the education system.  The population we have in America today is all based on the immigration back in the 1600-1800's.  People immigrated to America for religious reasons, new opportunities, fame, and to become rich.  All of these reasons helped to shape our country into what it is now!   In this link,   http://www.history.com/topics/u-s-immigration-before-1965  , the original and first immigration is describe in detail.  The first people ever to immigrate to the Americas were the pilgrims searching for religious freedom.  Following the pilgrims were more Europeans, except they were searching for economic freedom.  The English, French, and the Spanish were there of the first Europeans to start immigration.  Followed these immigrants were English indentured servants which later changed to slaves.  The slaves were brought by force, however, they were a huge part.  If you look around today, you can clearly see all the different, unique people that came over hundreds of years ago.  I believe that immigration was one of the most important things for our country.  If it wasn't for immigration who knows what america would look like, or even if it would exists. Immigration shaped our country to what it is today, and in the 1600's immigration was extremely important.

Thank you for reading my blog. Until next time,
Drew Weidman              

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Welcome to my blog!  I am currently a Junior at Potomac Falls High School, in Sterling, VA.  I am writing this blog for my American History project as part of Loudoun County's One to the World initiative.  Out of the 6 themes we can choose from, I have decided to chose the theme of Immigration.  Immigration is seen everywhere now, and in the past.  It is currently a huge topic in the current presidential race between Trump and Hilary.  This theme interests me because of how much we see it being discussed today and in the past.  Our beautiful country is so diverse and unique because of immigration.  Most of the people that live in the United States are here now because of immigration.  Immigration is and will always be a big discussion worthy topic. I am excited to talk about immigration throughout my blogs and the importance of it.  I have a neutral viewpoint on it as of now but as I search deeper into the topic I look forward to defending one side or another. The following link provides information and gives us statistics on where most people stand on immigration today.  Like  me, it is very even as most people do not have a permanent viewpoint. Trump and Hilary both have huge different viewpoints, neither are perfect, neither are the answer.  These viewpoints continue to develop and I look forward to comparing these viewpoints to the ones from the past.     

Drew Weidman