French immigrants to the U.S.
By: Cynthia Gonzalez
But why did they come?
There were many reasons why the French migrated to the U.S. Some came to the U.S. to flee from the French Revolution. Others were political refugees that were fleeing from the failed 1848 revolution. There were also the ones that migrated due to the loss of Alsace-Lorraine during the Franco-Prussian war.
What U.S. immigration laws or policies were in effect at the time?
- Some colonies excluded those who couldn't support themselves or/and those who might become public charges.
- In 1790, a law was passed in which citizenship was available to immigrants with two years of residence. In 1798, they made a new law saying it had for be 14 years instead of 2. In 1802, it was changed to 5 years and kept that way.
- In 1819, a law was made to protect immigrants.
- A propaganda was passed in favor of the laws that restricted immigrants.
- In 1875, the first restriction to immigrants of prostitutes and felons.
How many came?
How did the U.S. people treat them?
Where did they settle?
Jobs they found:
French immigrants would most likely find jobs as artist. There were other jobs they found as professionals, clerical workers, cooks, waiters, and managers.