Arab American Timeline

Events

The 1st Arabs immigrate to America

1880

Arabs sought refuge from the economic hardships they faced after a decline in the silk economy, which had been the basis of their economy.

A 2nd wave of migration from the middle east

1920

During World War 1, immigration from the middle east dropped.

Considered themselves temporary settlers in America

1930

The size of the population of Arabs was between 130,000 - 350,000. They began establishing a community.

The 3rd wave of immigration

1945

These immigrants were increasingly well-off, highly educated Muslims.

The label "Arab-American" is coined

1960

This was a sign of the awakening of recent waves of immigrants to their Arab roots.

Many Palestinians emigrate to the U.S.

1967

Following Palestinian displacement in the wake of the 1967 Arab-Israeli War.

The creation of several Arab American organizations

1970 - 1979

The organizations were increasingly necessary, as events in the Middle East made Arab Americans further stereotyped and suspect to many Americans.

9/11 Terrorist Attacks

2001

In the aftermath of this event, Arab Americans were subjected to hate crimes, racial profiling, and discrimination.

Arab Americans advocate for civil rights in the U.S.

Present

Because of stereotyping and hate, Arab Americans have become a major force in helping bridge the chasm of misunderstanding that sets them apart. Arab Americans have become a vital and valuable part of America.