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By James M. Bergquist

Early 19th century the United States observed the 1st wave of post-Independence immigration. Germans, Irish, Englishmen, Scandinavians, or even chinese language at the west coast started to arrive in major numbers, profoundly impacting nationwide advancements like westward growth, city progress, industrialization, urban and nationwide politics, and the Civil battle. This quantity explores the early immigrants' event, detailing the place they got here from, what their trip to the US was once like, the place they entered their new kingdom, and the place they finally settled. existence in immigrant groups is tested, relatively these components of lifestyles unsettled by way of the conflict of cultures and adjustment to a brand new society. Immigrant contributions to American society also are highlighted, as are the battles fought to realize wider recognition via mainstream culture.Engaging narrative chapters discover the event from the point of view of the individua, the catalysts for leaving one's place of birth, new immigrant settlements and the variations between them, social, spiritual, and familial constructions in the immigrant groups, and the consequences of the Civil battle and the start of the hot immigrant wave of the 1870s.Images and a specific bibliography complement this thorough reference resource, making it perfect for college students of yankee historical past and tradition.

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Jette recalled in her autobiography that, while her husband was a highly regarded physician with an extensive and remunerative medical practice in Oelde, he was unhappy that so many of his patients were poor people who had difficulty paying for his services. “That his income had to come from poor people was the beginning of his dissatisfaction. . At that time there was an emigration fever in the air and it was furthered by reports of Duden, von Martels, Löwe, and others. ”3 The discussion went on for nearly two years.

We can never recover the entire immigrant experience, but we can have some sense of what their lives were like. NOTES 1. ca/gateway, accessed 14 May 2005. 2. Herbert Moller, “Introduction,” in Population Movements in Modern European History, ed. Herbert Moller (New York: Macmillan, 1964), 5. 3. Kerby A. Miller, Emigrants and Exiles: Ireland and the Irish Exodus to North America (New York: Oxford University Press, 1985), 280. 4. Historical Statistics of the United States, Colonial Times to 1970 (Washington, DC: Government Printing Office, 1975), 106, 112.

But most such ships still offered steerage passage, and the poor immigrants who traveled in steerage saw only modest improvement in their circumstances. Conditions improved somewhat with the development of steam power for ships. While Robert Fulton inaugurated steamboat service on the Hudson River in 1807, and steamboat transportation on inland waters developed rapidly over the next two decades, it took longer for steam to be introduced into transatlantic service. Sailing ships assisted by steam began to appear in the 1830s, but it was not until the 1850s that fully steam-powered ships came into their own.

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