Immigration in American History Argumentative Essay by Nicky

Immigration in American History
A look at the changing impact of immigration throughout America's history.
# 148649 | 1,246 words | 2 sources | MLA | 2011 | US
Published on Oct 28, 2011 in History (U.S. After 1865) , History (U.S. Before 1865)

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This paper examines how throughout history, America has been a destination for those hoping to better themselves, such as the thousands of Irish who flocked there in the mid-nineteenth century during the Irish Potato Famine and how today, the word "immigration" is almost a dirty word for some people. In particular, it discusses why immigration is good for the nation and the people. The paper argues that immigration forged the nation, because even the early colonists from Great Britain were immigrants when they came to the country. The paper further argues that since everyone in America, even the Native Americans, were immigrants at one point, immigration forms the backbone of the nation.

From the Paper:

"By the end of the nineteenth-century, Americans began to turn away from allowing fairly unregulated immigration. They were especially hostile toward the Chinese, who had entered America through West Coast ports mid-century, and worked in the California gold mines, on the Transcontinental Railroad, and throughout the West. A Chinese historian notes, "Chinese immigrants were characterized as cheap laborers and inassimilable aliens who left their wives in China and brought prostitution to the United States; they were racially, socially, and politically dangerous" (Lee). Between 1910 and 1940, these immigrants passed through an immigrant screening station on Angel Island located in San Francisco Bay. The Chinese were excluded from immigrating to the country beginning in 1882, and only a few were allowed into the country. "

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Katzenstein, Krissy A. "Reinventing American Immigration Policy for the 21st Century." Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law 41.1 (2008): 269+.
  • Lee, Erika. "Echoes of the Chinese Exclusion Era in Post-9/11 America." Chinese America: History and Perspectives (2005): 1+..

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