Pre-Collegiate Studies-Reading and Writing
Mr. Max Stephan
Due: July 11, 2011
For many people, the place that comes to mind when hearing the word “immigration” is America. But many wonder, just what kind of place America is. America is an Idea that we call “Democracy”, and we see what happens when we let people say whatever they want, go wherever they want, and do whatever they want. The results aren't always pretty but it certainly is a beautiful idea. Such is why America has the greatest influx of illegal immigrants crossing its boarders, especially along the Mexi-Cali and Texas boarders ...view middle of the document...
Many American born were very hostile towards any immigrant because the immigrants were known to take any job at very low wages thus fear erupted among the white Americans, not solely due to the taking away of jobs but also because of the difference in the new comers. The new comer (immigrant) ate different food, they spoke a different language, and their skin was a different color. A surprising number also believed that the immigrant was inferior and lacked education. Even some that were opposed to slavery felt the same. Dr. Charles Stanley, Focus on the Family, 2008. http://www. focusonthefamily.com. Many of these beliefs have proven to be untrue. Most of the immigrants living in America are hardworking people wanting a piece of the so called American dream and find it very hard to uproot themselves from their homelands. But throughout history, millions have done so.
The main reason for emigrating during the 1600’s was economic opportunity. European farmers were attracted because of the rich soil that the United States had to offer. Freedom of religion was a factor as well as escape from war torn countries. Some immigrants were brought to America against their will by white Europeans in the early 1700’s to farm the north, but it was not profitable, so farming moved to the southern states where Tobacco, sugar, and mainly cotton were harvested by the black African. Many other immigrants could not afford the expense of the long journey and came as indentured servants. They worked for little or no wages doing domestic labor to pay for the long expensive journey to America. “Slavery and immigration in the United States.” The World Book Encyclopedia, 1969 Edition.
America has continued to have a...