Immigration Project

Caitlyn St.Hilaire

Visual

Statue of Liberty

The Statue of Liberty was an agreement effort between France and the United States. The French sculptor Frederic-Auguste Bartholdi created the statue itself out of sheets of hammered copper, while Alexandre-Gustave Eiffel, the man behind the famed Eiffel Tower, designed the statue’s steel framework. The Statue of Liberty was then given to the United States and erected an American-designed pedestal on a small island in Upper New York Bay, now known as Liberty Island, and dedicated by President Grover Cleveland in 1886. Over the years, the statue stood tall as millions of immigrants arrived in America near Ellis Island; in 1986, it underwent an extensive renovation in honor of the centennial of its dedication. Today, the Statue of Liberty remains a powerful symbol of freedom and hope.

Symbolism

The Statue of Liberty is a symbol of hope and freedom for everyone. Lady liberty welcomed many immigrants who are looking for a better life. She always reminds us of our freedom that's waiting fo us in America.
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Ellis Island

Ellis Island was the principal federal immigration system and opened in 1892.Ellis Island opened up in upper New York near the Statue of Liberty. Ellis Island served with purpose but closed in 1954. More than 12 million immigrants were processed there. Ellis Island was a first stop to a new opportunity in America. In 1920 immigration laws were made where immigrants were required to pass a series of medical and legal inspections before entering America. Those who didn’t pass the medical or legal inspections were sent back to their country. Only about 2% of people were turned away at Ellis Island. After Ellis Island was closed millions of new immigrants passed through that station and has been estimated that around 40% of current citizens in the United States can trace back one of their ancestors back to Ellis Island.


Symbolism

Ellis island is a powerful symbol for the nations open door to freedom. Ellis island led the nations an open door to freedom by allowing many immigrants to pass through the station and enter into America to have economic opportunities. Others came for personal freedom or relief from political, poverty, and religious intolerance. out of all 12 million immigrants they all hoped for a brighter future.


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Research

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From 1820 through 1920 the Great Migration started. About 46 billion people left their homeland and over 50% came to America. Old immigrants came to North America from Northern or Western Europe and so on. They were mostly protestant and literate and skillful in professions. They would come to America with families. They had money and were wealthy. They were experienced in Democracy. New immigrants came from Southern or Eastern Europe. The new immigrants were illiterate and not very skilled and they mostly arrived in America with no families and had very little money. They were typically young, males who were trying to make money.

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About 41.3 million immigrants live in the U.S. That is the biggest amount of immigrants at once in the U.S. The top five nationalities are German, Asian, Irish, Mexican, and Italian immigrants have the strongest influence in our society. Most illegal immigrants went to

California(9,859,027), New York(4,236,768), Texas(3,887,224), Florida(3,391,511), Illinois(1,782,423). They were mainly escaping political and religious prosecution.

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Some valid indicators that showed that immigrants were able to adapt to the new economy was people getting more jobs and making a living. They were learning how to do certain things so they could get a job and start saving up for bigger things in life. Some would adapt by meeting people, getting married, and having children. They would learn to start over and become a businessman or to not even be able to support yourself. Life in a city can be very hard. You have to get a job first if you are ever going to make it. There were many opportunities in a big city, but if too late you can get the jobs that would cost your life so people armed quick since they were under pressure.

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In order to be a citizen you have to go through a long process called naturalization, citizenship basically. Citizenship is the process of being such a member. Its how society works together. Citizenship education gives people the knowledge and skills to understand, challenge, and engage with the main pillars of our democracy: politics, the economy and the law. If you are going to become a citizen in the United States you must go through the two parts of naturalization. First, you the test and they make sure you can speak english right and being interviewed. Next you take an oath saying that you will oblige by the rules of the United States.

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We should be proud of the American Society for accomplishments we made. We got more people and were able to build a community. We created several cities and places where people could start over. Though we did very good we had our ups and downs. We had process in which we would allow people to move in which wasn’t very good. They would have to through test and several medical exams to state i they wouldn’t bring certain diseases in the Americas. That is very good, but way they treated people with disrespect and no loyalty at all. People who were rich were treated way better than people who were poor. They would be giving the treatment as if they were queens but the others were treated like animals ready to be sold.

Sources:

"Ellis Island." History.com. A&E Television Networks. Web. 7 Dec. 2015. <http://www.history.com/topics/ellis-island>.


United States. National Park Service. "The Immigrant's Statue." National Parks Service. U.S. Department of the Interior, 30 Nov. 2015. Web. 7 Dec. 2015. <http://www.nps.gov/stli/learn/historyculture/the-immigrants-statue.htm>.


"Ellis Island." History.com. A&E Television Networks. Web. 7 Dec. 2015. <http://www.history.com/topics/ellis-island>.