The Armenian Genocide Of The 20th Century

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The Armenian Genocide, the first genocide of the 20th century, resulted in a major exodus of nearly an entire population. This event is still largely ignored by the Turkish government, those responsible for the horrific incident that led to the deaths and deportations of millions of Armenians. Throughout the late 19th century and early 20th century, Armenians were pushed from their native origins in Turkey as a result of a brutal genocide, which consequently led to their escape to the United States to seek a better life through economic opportunities and avoiding persecution.
Armenians experienced push factors to immigrate to America through the opportunity of a better life as well as the influx of new economic prospects. In the 16th century, Armenia had been absorbed by the powerful Ottoman Empire as a result of Turkey’s invasions on their homeland in the 11th century. By the 1800s, however, the Ottoman Empire suffered a significant decline, as it was falling behind its neighboring European nations as industrial giants. As this empire dissolved, their conquered nations slowly obtained independence – except for the Armenians and the Arabs. By the 1890s, Armenians began to demand political reforms, such as the right to a constitutional government and to vote, as well as ending religious discrimination (Gavin). They were met with a government-sponsored genocide, consisting of brutal massacres and mass deportations, which led to over 1.5 million Armenians dead by the early

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