History Happenings: Progressivism & Immigrants


Progressivism and the Treatment of Immigrants
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Video Overview

The influx of immigrants into the United States was greater in the decades after the Civil War than it had been at any previous time.

The majority of immigrants arriving to the industrial cities of the East in the 1870s and 1880s came from England, Ireland, and northern Europe.


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At the end of the century, new waves of immigrants from southern and eastern Europe came to escape the poverty and oppressive conditions of their homelands.

Learn about attitudes toward immigrants in the United States in the 19th century and why many people felt threatened by these new arrivals. Continue reading

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