Britain, Ireland, Germany and Scandinavia
From 1830 it resumes -> "most were attracted by cheap farm land"
207,000 Irish, starting to emigrate in large numbers following Britain's easing of travel restrictions, and about 152,000 Germans, 76,000 British, and 46,000 French
mostly to the New England region
Considering the fact that the population of Quebec was only 892,061 in 1851, this was a massive exodus
1,713,000 immigrants, including at least 781,000 Irish, 435,000 Germans, 267,000 British, and 77,000 French
"Migrations was not the only mass movement int the mid-nineteenth century; even bigger was the surge of European immigrants across the Atlantic into the northeast and Midwest"-Dr
"proportionately the biggest influex in Us history"
majority from Ireland + Southwest Germany
"victimes of economic depression"
DR says Germans to rural areas
Irish overwhelmingly to "America's burgeoning cities" -> took on "essential but menial jobs"
-navvies building the railroads
Most came in through NYC, 3rd largest city in Western world after London + Paris
"often they were enticed by rags-to-riches stories"
DR gives example of newspaper by editor Moses Beach in his almanac entitled The Wealth and Biography of the Wealthy Citizens of the City of New York
he gave example of Mr John Jacob Astor (German)-> worth an estimated $25 mil.
made his money in fur trade, then invested it in Manhattan real estate
lots of other examples given of Britain + Germany
But DR says "for most Irish immigrants, however, the reality was very different from the myth"
=> those suspected of cholera/typhus/other diseases incarcerated in the hospital in Staten Island
those deemed healthy sent to Manhattan by "runners", "fleecing them handsomely in the process"-DR
"once ashore, many wandered around aimlessly - dodgingt he pigs and rabid dogs that roamed the streets - until they ended up, penniless, in the city almshouse"
"or in the Five Points area, the prime site for murder, robbery and prostitution in New York"
DR gives an example "fairly typical of this area":
lodging house at 35 Orange Street, described by one NY Times reporter as a 'damp and filthy cellar', half a dozen beds in 10 foot square, each bed with >1 person
'man, woman and child were huddled up in one undistinguishable mass'
DR says "yet even this was probably an improvement on th squalor these people had fled in Ireland"
Before 1845 most Irish immigrants were Protestants. After 1845, Irish Catholics began arriving in large numbers, largely driven by the Great Famine
nearly 25 million Europeans made the long trip. Italians, Greeks, Hungarians, Poles, and others speaking Slavic languages made up the bulk of this migration. 2.5 to 4 million Jews were among them.
Also 1.5 million Swedes + Norwegians
20% of the total population of the kingdom at that time
DR says "many Irish immigrants, even in Fvie Points, managed to better off themselves"
e.g. from County Kerry in 1851
driven out by the "appaling" potato blight
Dick became a labourer
Nelly a washerwoman
boys earned money shining shoes/selling newspapers/ setting up pins in the local bowling allies "like most of their age"
Dick + eldest son had died pretty quickly tbf
equivalent of >$4,000 today
"not exactly rags to riches in the style of John Jacob Astor... but still real prosperity compared to her predicament a decade before"-DR
"Nelly Holland's story shows why, despite all their misery, immigrants believed in the American dream"
large no. of immigrants on both sides
European immigrants joined the Union Army in large numbers, including 177,000 born in Germany and 144,000 born in Ireland. Many Germans could see the parallels between slavery and serfdom in the old fatherland
Boston Economist Francis A. Walker warned that 50 years ealrier the would-be immigrant from Britain/Germany required "thrift and enterprise" to get across Atlantic, but now railways and steamships had created what he termed 'Pipe Line Immigration'
'there is no reason why every foul and stagnant pool of population in Europe... should not be decanted on our soil'Walker
Used what Reynolds called "Darwinian language" when referring to immigrants from SE + E Europe "beaten men from beaten races"-Walker
=> RE said the Darwinian stuff "became a motif of the immigration debate"
"it expressed the growing fear that world history would turn on the survival of the fittest race; America must therefore keep itself pure and strong
trans-atlantic first/second class flyers allowed in automatically
-> Ellis island was for "steerage passnegers"
Paulina Caramando arrived there from Sicily with her parents
all stripped naked, washed + clothes cleaned
=> went to Boston where parents already established
"I always say thank God my father decided to come here" (like Spako)
"some f these immigrants became household names"
-bodybuilder Charles Atlas
-film star Rudolph Valentino
=> from Italy during these years
=> both Jews from Russian empire
Germans kept coming
Italy, Austro-Hungarian empire, the Balkans and Russia
"the numbers were unprecedented, even by American standards"-DR
80% from southern/eastern Europe
Says that the main source of immigraiton is now Southern Europeans and Russians
from a small fishing village in Greece
came to NY aged 16 with his father
first view of USA was statue of liberty
"heart-warming words but the huddled masses' first real experience of America was much more chilling - the Ellis Island Immigration station"-DR
"Theodore Spako never forgot Ellis Island"-DR
interrogation, inpections, chalk marks on back at end
=> if you got a chalk mark, not allowed in bc o medical/psychological problems
-> Spako was allowed in but his father + brother weren't
"to this day, I... thank God, that I was admitted to the United States, that they didn't put the chalk mark on my back"-Spako
where nativist protestnats mounted a campaign to "save the Bible in the Schools"
=> one of the rallies in Kensington broken up by "Irish agitators"
=> led into a "firefight, leaving several Protestants killed"
Next morning the Natve American newspaper says
'the bloody hand of the Pope has stretched forth to our destruction"
called on the readers" to arm. Our liberties are now to be fought for"
=> several hundred protestants march to Kensington
gun shots + arson
2 catholic churches + a convent set on fire + martial law for a week to cool things down
Also issues over:
-more relaxed catholic attitude to sabbath
-"temperance enthusiasts" not liking Irish saloons + German beer halls
"seein them as dens of vice and corruption"
=> beer halsl were community houses, especially on Sundays when whole families whiled away the time, but this in itself caused offence to strict Protestant Sabbatarians
Saloon/beer hall became hq of Democratic Party "to which immigrant Catholics largely gravitated"
"these people were seen as a credulous mass of foot soldiers, doing the sinister bidding of the Pope, his priestly officers and their corrupt political lieutenants"-DR
"for years evangelicals had campaign aginst demon drink"
=> now went further, inspired by Neal Dow, mayor of Portland Maine who had pushed law banning sale of alcohol in Main legislature
nicknamed the 'Napoleon of temperance'
DR says this decades "saw the spectacular rise of an explicitly anti-immigrant political movement"
2/3 of St Louis
"soon they translated this into votes and influence"
"for many established Americans however, mass immigration was turning the (American) dream into a nightmare"-DR
=> previous settlers had been mainly Britsih protestants, threat posed to them by newcomers
"many middle-class Americans also regarded the newcomers as riff-raff, teetering on the edge of poverty, alcoholism and crime"
Revd Horace Bushell, leading Conneticut minister, "if you will glance over the catalogues of our colleges and universities, the advertisements of our merchangs and mechanics, you will almost never find and Rish name among them, which shows that they do not rise to any rank among us"
but if you look to almshouses + prisons "there you will find their names in thick order"
"the most sensitive issue was religion"-DR
most Irish + many Germans Irish Catholics
"their lifestly threatened the widespread sense of America as a protestant nation"
DR says "a daily flashpoint was the schools" between catholic immigrants + protestant WASPS
school day began with readings from King James Bible + protestant hymns + prayers
=> Catholics demanded rigth to use Douai Bible w. papal annotations
or to sned their children to church schools
"to militant Protestants, the drive for Catholic education showed that these immigrants were not ready to become true Americans"-DR
mostly in the northeast
so-called Main Laws
"not simply an anti-immigrant measure but Irish and German Catholics, whose economic and social lives were often built around the saloon and the beer hall, were leading opponents"
=> "many advocates of prohibition saw the liquor-trading immigrant as their prime target"
Maine Temperance Watchman:
complained tha the Irish 'come here with all their vicious habits and grovelling tastes uncontrolled, and they think they can make money at this thing"
democratic corruption in NY
Started out as a secret society with masonic-stly lodges
was "a fringe movement for several years"-DR
membership of nothings "surged" from 50k to >1mil.
=> elections that autumn, Know Nothing candidates to power in Massachussetts + state legislatures of most of New England
Also became the "main opposition to the Democratic Party" in the rest of the country, including South, displacing the Whigs
There were few prominent leaders, and the largely middle-class and Protestant membership fragmented over the issue of slavery, most often joining the Republican Party by the time of the 1860 presidential election
each member had to be "a native born citizen, a Protestant, born of Protestant parents, reared under Protestant influence, and not united in marriage with a Roman Catholic"
"Keep America Protestant - that was essentially the Know Nothings' motto"-DR
=> did not want an end to immigration, but to "control its political consequences":
-wanted to ^ period for immigrants to become citizens to 21 years
-bar Catholics from holding office
"The European who would drink fom the fountain of liberty should leave American politics to Americans"-Thomas Whitney, a NY leading nativist
by six former officers of the Confederate army
"the amusement for members were the only objects of the Klan", according to Albert Stevens in 1907
Allen Trelease says there was little formal organisation
main goal became to target RECONSTRUCTION -> not immigration
outlawing the importation of Asian contract laborers, any Asian woman who would engage in prostitution, and all people considered to be convicts in their own countries
Chinese Immigration banned from this time
the "yellow peril"
helped to revive "the nativist passions of the 1850s about immigrants as an alien threat to American values"
Italians stereotyped as criminals, Jews as crooks
"The flood gates are open... The sewer is choked, the scum of immigration is viscerating upon our shores" - one NY newspaper
New England elite families were top of people trying to "close the open door"
-> tried to traced roots back to pilgrim fathers
leaders of Immigration Restriction league included:
-Senator Henry Cabot Lodge
-A. Lawrence Lowell, president of Harvard
wanted to decrease immigration + not allow them full citizenship
future immigrants must read US constitution then write down twenty words from it, in any language
=> President Groover vetoed it
DR says same justification as Jim Crow
"but comparable levels of animosity were often evidenced towards Europeans as well"-DR
lynched 2 years later -> nobody charged
His trial, and lynching two years later, attracted national attention and became the focus of social, regional, political, and racial concerns, particularly regarding antisemitism
Appeal failed to the supreme court in April 1915
preached "One Hundred Percent Americanism" and demanded the purification of politics, calling for strict morality and better enforcement of prohibition. Its official rhetoric focused on the threat of the Catholic Church, using anti-Catholicism and nativism
=>according to Thomas R. Pegram
directed exclusively at white Protestants; it opposed Jews, blacks, Catholics, and newly arriving Southern European immigrants such as Italians
At its peak in the mid-1920s, the organization claimed to include about 15% of the nation's eligible population, approximately 4–5 million men
=> dropped to about 30k by 1930 bc of internal divisions + criminality
"two-thirds of the national Klan lecturers were Protestant ministers," says historian Brian R. Farmer
Emphasised that South had been hard done by in reconstruction
-> endorsed by Woodrwo Wilson
led to the founding of the 2nd KKK
Madison Grant, a leader at one point
this book was a favourite of Adolf Hitler, DR says "not suprisingly"
celebrated what called 'the Nordics' as the global elite
'the Nordics are... a race of... above all rulers, organisers and aristocrats in sharp contrast to the essentially peasant character of the Alpines'
he advocated the sterilization of 'worthless race types'
DR points outt hat there were many Irish-Americans who wanted immigration restrictions as well as those of British descent (Lodge, Walker, Grant)
=> satirized by Finley PEter Dunne with his stereotypical Irish-American character Mr Dooley
'the once unwelcome Irishman has been followed in his turn by the Italian, the Russian Jew, and the Chinaman, and has himself taken a hand at opposition... against these later hordes'
But Riis said they got what they wanted with corruption in politics -> taking control in places like Boston + New York
9k arrested + held without trial
but "it became evident that fears of revolution became unfounded"
the most sweeping immigration act the United States had passed until that time. It was the first bill aimed at restricting (as opposed to regulating) immigrants, and marked a turn toward nativism. The law imposed literacy tests on immigrants, created new categories of inadmissible persons, and barred immigration from the Asia-Pacific Zone
according to Chester L. Quarles
=> not a huge nativist reaction
Lots of Irish to USA
Irish Catholics were primarily unskilled workers who built a majority of the canals and railroads, settling in urban areas
extended U.S. citizenship to approximately 60,000 Mexican residents of the New Mexico Territory and 10,000 living in California. An additional approximate 2,500 foreign born California residents also become U.S. citizens.
brings many intellectuals + activists as asylum seekers to USA
in People of France, the German states, the Austrian Empire, the Kingdom of Hungary, the Italian states, Denmark, Wallachia, Poland, and others
attracted 100,000 would-be miners from the Eastern U.S., Latin America, China, Australia, and Europe. California became a state in 1850 with a population of about 90,000.
resulted in lower fares and greater immigrant mobility.
also farming improvements in Southern Europe and the Russian Empire created surplus labor. Young people between the ages of 15 to 30 were predominant among newcomers.
DR says some "guest workers" -> Italians especially liked to come to USA for short amount of time to earn money
"but the majority of immigrants did settle, making city centres like Lower Manhattan even more cosmopolitan"
reporter Jacob Riis wrote that in alleys + courtyards could find:
"the other thing you shall vainly ask for in the chief city of America is a distinctively American community"-Riis
instead he said there was a "queer conglomerate mass of heterogeneous elements"
But DR says "the Union was only skin deep"
=> were America's new working class + some became "ardent socialists" e.g. Jewish Garment workers in NY
but "most had little sense of class consciousness"
bc they "lived in their own little ecthnic commuities" -> Italian-Speaking Catholics/Greed Orthodox rather than as a unified working class
after 5 years become naturalised citizens -> voters
-> much keener to keep their jobs + avoid a police record than "to agitate for a left-wing utopia"
"Mass immigration was a major reason for socialism's failure to take root in America ata time when it was flourishing in Europe"-DR