Economic and Cultural Growth of Immigration

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Economic and Cultural Growth of Immigration Inspectors were waiting to check new comers for any disease or defect, mental or physical. They would decide whether a person could be allowed in the United States or sent back home. There were two different Eras of immigrants. Old Immigrants came between 1800 -1880 and New Immigrants came between 1880 -1910. Many native-born Americans saw immigrants as a threat to society and to the economy. Even though they were better off in the United States many immigrants still experienced hardships. Other Americans made organizations, houses and societies to help immigrants. Immigrants were inspected when they passed through the check point at Ellis Island in the New York Harbor. Any disease, defect or weakness shown would get them sent back. Doctors looked at the way they spoke, walked, and behaved. They examined skin, scalp, hands and even the eyelids for Trachoma, which lead to blindness. These inspections could separate families and loved ones forever. Old immigrants came to the United States between 1800 and 1880. Most of these immigrants came from Northern and Western European countries, mainly from the United Kingdom, Netherlands, Germany, Sweden, Norway and Ireland. Their main religion was Protestant and Christians. Their culture was very familiar to the Original Settlers. Some immigrants came to escape poverty, starvation. They hoped to gain economic opportunity. About 25,000 Chinese immigrants came in seek of fortunes because of the news of the California Gold Rush. New immigrants came to the United States between 1880 and 1910. Most of the immigrants came from Southern and Eastern Europe. A lot were Greek, Hungarian, Italian, Polish, Russian and Slovak. The religions of the new immigrants were Roman Catholics, Orthodox Christians, Jewish, French, Arab and
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