A New Wave of Immigration

The Road to America

Reasons For Immigration

Between the late 1800s and early 1900s, more than 25 million immigrants moved into the United States. They were very hopeful that they would be able to prosper in the United States but there were too many immigrants for everyone to be successful.
Many immigrants had heard stories that the streets in the United States were paved with gold. Once they arrived, they had to adjust to reality. “First,” reported one immigrant, “the streets were not paved with gold. Second, they were not paved at all. Third, they expected me to pave them.”