Manifest Destiny and Immigration

angela lara, hailey schaplowsky, tyler eggz

Indian Removal Policy

The act did not order the removal of the Indians, it did allow the president to negotiate land by exchanging treaties with tribes living within the boundaries of the states. According to Jackson, moving the Indians would separate them from immediate contact with settlements of whites, free them from the power of the states, enable them to pursue happiness in their own way, and would stop their slow extinction.

Homestead Act

The act gave "any person" who was the head of a family 160 acres to try farming for five years. The individual had to be at least 21 years old and was required to build a house on the property. It was a freedom opportunity for many, but also resulted in massive displacement Native Americans and the growth of big railroad empires.

THe lure of Life America


Push Factors: People think about emigrating from places that have few job opportunities. Because of economic restructuring, job prospects often vary from one country to another and within regions of the same country.

Pull Factors: People immigrate to places where the jobs seem to be available. An area that has valuable natural resources, such as petroleum or uranium, may attract miners and engineers. A new industry may lure factory workers, technicians, and scientists.

Transcontinental Railroad

After the first transcontinental railroad was completed, immigrants who entered the US at immigration checkpoints on the eastern seaboard such as Ellis Island began using the train system to migrate west. In fact, the railroad companies themselves promoted such plans, because increased population in the west meant more business for railroads.
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The industrial Revolution Effect

The industrial revolution has changed the face of nations, giving rise to urban centers requiring vast municipal services. It created a specialized and interdependent economic life and made the urban worker more completely dependent on the will of the employer than the rural worker had been.