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  



2 comments:

  1. I agree with your stand point "new" and "old" immigrants, but I believe more-so that everyone sees a better life in America, and that is what is so attractive about this country, freedom. You are right that without the help of people like Jane Addams, the "new immigrants" would've had a much harder time adapting. I like this post, and I think your points are very strong.

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  2. Why were the "old immigrants" so much poorer than the "new immigrants", was it due to the European countries becoming poorer while the US grew richer?

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