During World War I, Black Americans living in the South flocked to northern cities such as New York in the 1920s, in pursuit of a new life consisting of fairer treatment and better pay. This migration posed a new opportunity for African-Americans; a platform for self expression. As a result of this migration, it was not long until the borough of Harlem, New York became a hub of cultural explosion. Historians such as Howard Zinn argue that the economic situation at the time was responsible for sparking such a movement. This is view is agreeable because Harlem truly changed during events such as the American Civil War and World War I when it was subjected to much reconstruction.
An immigrant is someone who has moved to a new place from where they are native to. Immigration has influenced the way Americans live today. People from all over the world come to America looking for freedom or a new way of life, and each person brings with them their own unique culture and traditions. Because of this, America has come to be known as a melting pot, and this shows throughout each industry. Immigration has positively contributed to politics, religion, and entertainment in America today.
In the early 1600s, Europeans began their adventures by sailing miles across oceans to different continents. By the middle of the seventeenth century, the Europeans had come to North America, now known as United States of America (Norton et.al., 60). The arrival of the Europeans in North America had an impact both on their lives and the indigenous people 's lives. When they came, they also brought their cultures, diseases, and ideologies. More importantly, they had a "western foreign policy", which already existed in their own countries.
In the late 16th century, Catholic Spain was defeated by the no longer oppressed Dutch Republic, with the aid of Protestant England. This opened a gateway to the New World and the Dutch had risen as a leading colonial power in the 17th century. Now that they had an advantage in power,
The increased use of the magnetic compass in the 13th century and improvements to ships allowed for further exploration. In 1474, Paolo Toscanelli of Florence drew one of the first theoretical maps that showed a shorter route to China by way of the west. The same year as Christopher Columbus's 1492 voyage, German geographer Martin Behaim made one of the first globes. The first stage of European exploration led to contact with indigenous peoples of newly discovered lands, as well as the establishment of trade. Soon after, exploration led to colonization, as countries competed to control land and trade routes and to convert native populations to
Starting in the early 1600’s settlers from England came to “The New World.” England and Spain were competing to claim this new undiscovered land. The English were the first to claim the land by sending the first group of settlers, the Chesapeake settlers. They settled in present day Virginia and Maryland. The Chesapeake settlers came for commercial and profit.
By 1790, tables had begun to turn. Soon after President George Washington was put into office, he had tried the first attempt of controlling immigration with The Naturalization Act of 1790, Congress had amended the act and the minimum residence requirement was to live in the United States for five years to become a United States citizen. Throughout the years, many more immigration acts and laws had been set into place but did not stop immigration by any means. “From 1821 to 1840, the number of immigrants was 742,564. In the following ten years, the number more than doubled to 1,713,251.
Manhattan in the Mirror of Slang/ New York City Life and Popular Speech New York City Life and Popular Speech The hundreds, even thousands, of words and phrases of slang and other popular speech about life in New York, especially Manhattan, are a treasure trove of social and cultural history. A distinctive word culture of social life in the city flowed from the modern cycle of urban growth that started significantly in the 1840s. These words about the city, individually and taken together, retell in a new voice the story of metropolitan life down to the 1950s, when so much national attention began to turn away from the culture of the old metropolitan core and towards the suburbs. Many of these word images of the city are still in
The New Colossus Jewish American poet Emma Lazarus wrote the poem “The New Colossus” about the Statue of Liberty in 1883. She wrote the poem in an effort to raise more money for the pedestal and welcoming immigrants from across the world to the United States (102-3). “The New Colossus” uses carefully selected diction to convey a message about the differences between America and the various countries immigrants came from. The Statue of Liberty provides a symbol for immigrants. “The New Colossus,” engraved in the base of Statue of Liberty shows the freedom, hope and land of opportunity immigrants looked forward to as they moved to the United States.
The 1800s was a century of immigration of Europeans to the United States. Many of Europeans came from southern and eastern Europe. Some Europeans came for religious freedom. Moreover, many others were just looking to improve their economic resources. Most European immigrants traveled to New York by ship.
Hired by England for even MORE money, Hudson’s discoveries laid the groundwork for Dutch colonization of the Hudson River region, as well as English land claims in Canada. Hudson continued
The Erie Canal turned New York City into a very significant epicenter for business, manufacturing, and investments. It also unlocked the western parts of America for settling and moved the Midwest 's agrarian and manufacturing products to domestic and international markets. The Erie Canal directly transformed trade and shipping by shortening a two-week wagon trip from Albany to Buffalo into a five day trip. It also became a channel for new philosophies such as abolitionism, women 's rights, utopianism, and religious movements. It generated the establishment of other canal systems across the eastern United States, and Canada as well.
It has to be difficult for someone to leave the only place they have ever known, and move to an entirely different continent, but yet it has to be truly brave too. Many immigrants left their homes, and traveled thousands of miles to The United States of America, in search of not only a new life, but a better way of life. In New York City, in the Lower East Side of Manhattan, on 97 Orchard Street, stands a monumental building. The Tenement Museum is a historical site, which reflects the time span of 1863 -1935, during some of the peak years of European immigration to America.
Selective immigration is necessary for a healthy balance in the United States. In 1891, Congress established the Immigration Service, which is a government agency who foresees lawful immigrations. On January 1, 1892, Ellis Island, located in the Upper New York Bay, was established to process a vast majority of immigrants. To some, Ellis Island is known for being the island of hope for new opportunities and experiences. To others, it is known as the island of tears for separating families and denying individuals entry into the United
It assisted the Jewish emigrant from departure from Russia to establishing his new location in another country to the extent that they no longer need assistance. Supported by well-to-do Jews, one of their experiments was immigration to Galveston, Texas. A middling success, in 1909 (773); 1910 (2,500); 1911; (1,400). By 1913, the threatened competition to nativists and the ‘strange’ religious rituals Jews exacted political retribution from the Texan