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19th Century German Immigration In Historical Context __ "German-Americans represent the largest group of immigrants arriving in the United States in all but three of the years between 1854 and 1894. Before the end of the century more than 5 million Germans had arrived..." An overview providing the reasons behind this movement. - From IUPUI University Library - http://www-lib.iupui.edu/kade/nameword/context.html


19th Century Immigration, Organizations and Churches __ Information about 19th century organizations and churches for the state of Louisiana. - From hnoc.org - http://www.hnoc.org/collections/gerpath/gersect2.html 


19th Century U.S. Immigration Statistics __ Click on the images for immigration stats.  you will find a lot of additional information as well. - From latinamericanstudies.org - http://www.latinamericanstudies.org/immigration-statistics.htm


19th-Century Immigration - Wisconsin Historical Society __ "The first quarter of the nineteenth century was marked by westward migration into the regions north and west of the Ohio River. Though Wisconsin was initially a distant frontier, the small numbers of French, English, Americans, and American Indians who resided there had nonetheless explored and used the rich land and water resources that would soon bring thousands of immigrants into Wisconsin."  A lot of information with many click-to-read articles. - From wisconsinhistory.org - http://www.wisconsinhistory.org/turningpoints/tp-018/?action=more_essay


About Italian Immigration __ "...To Italians, the prospect of work and a secure future in America was all that was necessary to lure them to the United States. Understanding the patterns and reasons behind Italian immigration can shed light upon American society in general."  A general overview of this history. - From ehow.com - http://www.ehow.com/about_4673362_italian-immigration.html


American Immigrant Wall of Honor __ There is little information here, but it does allow you to do a search of your family name. I entered my last name only and found three three listings for Polasky - From wallofhonor.com - http://www.wallofhonor.com/ 


The American Jewish Experience through the Nineteenth Century: Immigration and Acculturation __ A good overview with history and culture. - illustrated - From nationalhumanitiescenter.org - http://nationalhumanitiescenter.org/tserve/nineteen/nkeyinfo/judaism.htm


Bibliographies Resources on 19th Century Immigration to America __ No online resources but an extended bibliography for more detailed and expanded information than can be found online.  Expand your mind.  Now, get out of here and go read a book. - From primarysource.org - http://www.primarysource.org/library/bibliographies/biblio_imm.htm


German Immigration __ "In the early 19th century young unmarried males made up the majority of emigrants. The second wave of German immigration occured [sic] between the years 1850-1859. During this time nearly one million Germans arrived in America."  An essay. - From rootsweb.ancestry.com - http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ourfamilytrees/gerim.html


The Golden Door - Immigration Documentary Part 1 __ A three part video about documentary on immigration to the United States in the late 19th century  - video - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YAqMWdlg_qA


History of Chinese Immigration To USA __ Learn about the wave of Chinese immigration beginning in the mid-19th century. - From mapsofworld.com - http://www.mapsofworld.com/usa/immigration/history-of-chinese-immigration-to-usa.html    
Immigration in the 19th Century Context __ A general overview containing some controversial statements and history. It is an interesting read. - From University of Michigan - http://www-personal.umich.edu/~mcountry/ac39901919.htm





Immigration and Industrialization in 19th Century __ "How did immigration patterns relate to the demand of our industrializing society in the late ninetennth [sic] century?"   Find the answer here. - From School of the Future - http://www.angelfire.com/ns/immigration/


Immigration...Italian: The Great Arrival __ "Most of this generation of Italian immigrants took their first steps on U.S. soil in a place that has now become a legend—Ellis Island. In the 1880s, they numbered 300,000; in the 1890s, 600,000; in the decade after that, more than two million..."  A history of this immigration. - illustrated - From Library of Congress - http://lcweb2.loc.gov:8081/learn/features/immig/italian3.html 


Immigration: The Italians __ "During the mass emigration from Italy during the century between 1876 to 1976, the U.S. was the largest single recipient of Italian immigrants in the world. However, their impact was not as great as countries like Argentina and Brazil."  A good overview.  The bottom of the text cuts off in some browsers. - From thinkquest.org - http://library.thinkquest.org/20619/Italian.html


Immigration Patterns of the Early 19th Century: Irish and German ... __ "As the new nation came of age, discontent in Europe created immigrant patterns from Ireland and Germany that peaked in the 1850s with millions of new Americans."  A brief overview of this time. - From suite101.com - http://americanhistory.suite101.com/article.cfm/immigration_patterns_of_the_early_19th_century 


The Impact of Immigration on American Society: Looking Backward to the Future __ A future similar to the past scenario which compares future immigration to the 19th century and other waves of immigration. - From borderbattles.ssrc.org / Charles Hirschman - http://borderbattles.ssrc.org/Hirschman/  

Irish Immigrants in Nineteenth Century Maine ___"With the popularity of all things Irish in modern America, many people have forgotten the difficulties faced by nineteenth century Irish immigrants." - Illustrated - From the Maine Memory Network - http://www.mainememory.net/bin/Features?t=fp&feat=35  

Irish Immigrants in America during the 19th Century __ "Though life in Ireland was cruel, emigrating to America was not a joyful event...it was referred to as the American Wake for these people knew they would never see Ireland again. Those who pursued this path did so only because they new their future in Ireland would only be more poverty, disease, and English oppression." This essay provides a good overview. - From Hy Kinsella - http://www.kinsella.org/history/histira.htm


Lower East Side Tenement Museum __ You will find several sections to this site including a virtual tour of the museum which is actually a restored apartment. There are materials for teachers and a housing safety quiz. - illustrated - From tenement.org - http://www.tenement.org/


Myths and Facts About 19th Century Chinese Immigrants to the US: __ Many myths are accepted as facts and some of them are so close to reality, it makes no mind.  See which is which. - From volokh.com / David Bernstein - http://volokh.com/posts/1220278285.shtml


Poor Pat Must Emigrate: 19th Century Irish Immigration __ A lesson based on 19th century Irish immigration to Pennsylvania. "The Irish immigrated in large waves during first half of the 19th century, particularly after the Irish Potato Famine of 1846-47. “Poor Pat Must Emigrate” is a cross-curricular lesson plan that explores the reasons the Irish immigrated to Pennsylvania and their experiences after they arrived."  Goals. prodedure and materials. - From hsp.org - http://www.hsp.org/node/2366    




Roman Catholics and Immigration in 19th-Century America __ "The story of Roman Catholicism in the nineteenth century IS the story of immigration. Until about 1845, the Roman Catholic population of the United States was a small minority of mostly English Catholics,..."  A good overview. - From nationalhumanitiescenter.org - http://nationalhumanitiescenter.org/tserve/nineteen/nkeyinfo/nromcath.htm


Russian_Immigration __ Article about Russian Jewish Immigration to the United States in the late 19th Century. - From needham.k12.ma.us - http://www2.needham.k12.ma.us/nhs/cur/kane98/kane_p6_immig/russian/eklbab.html


The Story of Greek Migration to America | The Journey: The Greek ... __ While not totally a tale of the 19th century, enough of it takes place then to warrant being included. - From thejourneygreekamericandream.org - http://www.thejourneygreekamericandream.org/historical.htm


The Story of Irish Immigration - American Immigration Council __ A general look at Irish immigration in text and photos. - illustrated - From ailf.org - http://www.ailf.org/exhibit/ex_irishim.htm 


usa immigration history __ A good overview with click to read articles by nationality or region.  Many embedded links to related topics. - From casahistoria.net - http://www.casahistoria.net/usa_immigration.htm   



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