Honors US History
Immigration prior to 1865
The majority of immigration in the US
before the Civil War was from the British
Isles. Predominantly British and Irish
Huge numbers of Germans moved to the United States
looking for a better life.
1881-1885: One million Germans moved to the US;
primarily in the Midwest.
After 1870, steam powered ships were used to make the
voyage across the Atlantic.
A flood of immigrants came to the US.
Nearly 25 million Europeans made the voyage. Italians,
Greeks, Hungarians, Poles, and others speaking Slavic
languages constituted the bulk of this migration.
1875 – The First Immigration Law
Page Act of 1875 (AKA
The law excluded three
types of people
Laborers (Slaves sort
1880 - 1910’s
1.5 million Norwegian and Swedish immigrants
escaping religious persecution come to the US.
1880-1920 over two million Italians move into
the US. 1/3 return to Italy after about 5
Ellis Island 1892-1954
Today, over 100 million American’s can
trace their ancestry back to people who
first arrived at Ellis Island.
By 1907, Ellis Island was processing
nearly a million immigrants per year.
Immigration Act of 1924
Established to limit immigration.
Set quota's for certain ethnicities
Quota’s were based on the 1920 census.
It was racist, excluding specific nationalities.
Ie: British immigration dropped 19%, Italian
immigration dropped more than 90%.
What about now?
Arizona Immigration Law?
Fear of Terrorists