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Ethnic AmericaToday America is made up of many different kinds of people There are so manycultures that make America unique Ethnic America by Thomas Sowell gives an excellentexample about why these different groups immigrated from there homelands to come toAmerica Sowell also mentions the economic and cultural contributions made by thesedifferent cultures to our nation The author didnt leave any stone unturned and traceseach culture from thier homeland to thier economic standing in todays society Most of the people that immigrate to America today are fleeing poverty orpersecution in thier own countries This is not only true today but the same reasons peoplecame to America in the past The immigrants from Europe demonstrate the largestquantity of immigrant looking for freedom The Irish although free lived as a conqueredpeople pg 19 The British controlled every aspect of their lives Irish life expectancywas low and they were extremely poor The Germans however fled to escape the powerof petty rulers and religious persecution In reality the Germans that flocked to Americawere Prussians who left thier homelands before Germany was formed Their lives wereplayed against each other by their rulers which seemed to have never changed until theremoval of the Berlin wall or Iron Curtain The Jews left their homes over a span of timefor one reason and one reasonably religious persecution From 70 AD to the earlytwentieth century Jews have been seeking religious freedom in countries other than thierown Italian immigrants came for reasons varying from poverty to the varying languagesand cultures of Italy Cultural freedom is not the only reason that immigrants leave thiercountries though The Asian immigrants came to the new world to escape political upset the Chinese and Japanese immigrants left their homelands to seek refuge from theconstantly changing political rulers of thier time Latins came to America for the solereason that they were extremely poor Mexicans and Puerto Ricans had nothing worthcalling their own The last group of immigrants to come to America
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