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The Immigration Of Germans How Did Germans Migrate To The Us In The 1900's? What Were Their Stuggles As A Immigrant? Where Did They Go In The Us? How Did They Influence The Current Us?

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Next Stop: The Land of OpportunityImagine that you and your family move to a whole new country. For whatever reason, your family is willing to leave their culture, family and friends, lifestyle, and even their language all for the "land of opportunity." Your family is ready to leave their home and all but few possessions behind for what they hope as a better life for them and generations to come. Would you be willing to give up everything that is familiar to you in your life? Many people from different countries all over the world in the 1840s on were faced with this tough question. They were to change either their life drastically by moving overseas to a land unknown, or maintain their poverty stricken life, leaving them with no opportunities whatsoever. Although they were leaving everything they ever knew, millions upon millions of people immigrated overseas to America.The highest number of immigration ...view middle of the document...

They mainly landed at Ellis Island (a chief U.S. reception center for immigrants from 1892 to 1924) in New York Harbor.Even as the boat was docking, these immigrants discovered that life in America was going to be a battle for survival. Hundreds of runners, typically large greedy men, swarmed on the ship, grabbing immigrants and their bags trying to force them to their favorite tenement house and then exact an outrageous fee for their services. As the poor immigrant had no means of moving on, they settled in the port of arrival.Even though most the German immigrants detached themselves across the United States, the mid-west was the most popular region for the Germans to settle in. Cities, like St. Louis and Milwaukee became urban centers for German immigrants. Germans who lived there were generally skilled artisans and craftsmen. Wisconsin, Iowa, Michigan, and Ohio had similar climate and geological conditions like Central Europe, which is why these states were attractive to Germans farmers. German immigrants introduced/brought to America valuable ideas/important products. To begin with the Conestoga wagon and the Kentucky rifle were invented by German-Americans. Germans were also strong supporters of public education. In 1853, Kindergarten was introduced to the public schools by German immigrants. When Americans saw the better-quality schools being established by the Germans, it made the Americans raise their educational standards. Many German customs evolved into American customs. Germans drank a lot of bier, (beer) on Sundays, to celebrate the Sabbath. They also loved swimming, target shooting, and bowling, all went on to be tide in with American culture. Germans also bought many American foods to America. Cole slaw, deli meats, oatmeal, frankfurters, and hamburgers all came to America through the German immigrants.Most people find it very hard to just pick up their roots and start new, but yet millions upon millions of people immigrated overseas to America for a better life. They brought many different valuable ideas and products that enriched and diverse our America. And because of that, America wouldn't be what it is today without immigrants.

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