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America is thought of as an enourmous pot where many races and nationalities were blended into one new nationality This concept is known as the melting pot During Industrialization many new immigrants were on their way out of Southern and Eastern Europe due to over population and religous persecution Factors that made immigrants leave their home countries were known as push factors Pull factors or factors that lure immigrants into a new country were also at work The prospect of political adn religious loberty as well as opportunities for economic advancement brought millions of immigrants to America Even though immigrants helped to make the Industrial Revolution possible they faced opposition in economics and politics In the early nineteenth century cheap land drew many immigrants to America and many of them went into farming But the constuction of canals and railroads required an enormous force of unskilled laborers First the Irish and then the Chinese supplied this labor The tremendous industrial growth of the late nineteenth century created an unprecedented demand for workers Hence practically all the new immigrants found jobs in transportation mining and manufacturing Without this supply of labor Americas industrial expanison could not have taken place A few exceptional immigranst rose to positions of wealth and power But for the great mass of immigrants success meant something much more limited It meant better wages money in the bank ownership of a home and a brighter future for their children This social advancement made way for further gains Although Amercian worksers inderectly benefited from immigration they tended to regard the newcomers as competitors for their jobs This is understandable not only because of flucations of the economy which caused unemployment but because immigrants were often used as strike It was also believed although incorrectly that immigration drove down the wages of American workers Unions also found it hard to unite immigrants who seemed so foreign in
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