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Immigration to the United States - Economic History Association

This encyclopedia entry covers immigration to the United States from colonial times to the present. There are seven sections to the entry including data sources available, variation in the volume over time, the reasons immigration occurred, nativism and U.S. immigration policy, characteristics of the immigrant stream, the effects on the U.S. economy, and the experiences of immigrants in the U.S. labor market. 

Center for Immigration Studies - Historical Overview of Immigration Policy

The Center for Immigration Studies offers you an historical overview of immigration policy in the United States. After the Civil War the Supreme Court declared that immigration regulation was a federal responsibility. This overview begins with the establishment of the Immigration Service just prior to the twentieth century. It tells you about the attitudes towards immigration and provides you with information on the many laws that restricted or regulated immigration that were passed throughout the history of the United States.

A Nation of Immigrants: Sruvelliance of Unions, Radicals, and Immigrants

This article examines the history of immigration in the United States up until World War I. The article begins with information dating back to 1789 when the Alien and Sedition Acts were passed and includes information on immigrant exploitation and threats. A timeline is also available for you to browse along with a series of audio clips that offers expert opinions.

Irish Immigrants in the United States

The influx of 5 million Irish immigrants to the United States was not welcomed by all native-born Americans. Learn about a group called Nativists who caused many of the challenges faced by Irish immigrants. This article describes the harsh living conditions faced by some of the poorest Irish immigrants. These immigrants were mostly unskilled and they were the ethic group most arrested and imprisoned. 




Reference, News, and Magazine articles that will include background information on immigration as well as specific ethnic groups. Use search terms like Irish Americans, German Americans, Immigration, Immigration laws, etc.

Encyclopeida offering in depth informaiton on immigration.  Also note there are links to great websites built into many articles.

Search under Topics for  Emmigration

A great resource for historical images to be used with pesentations or posters.






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