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In 1886 the Statue of Liberty Enlightening the World a gift from the people of France was dedicated by President Grover Cleveland Set at the entrance of New York the statue was just in time to greet the biggest migration in global history Between the years of 1860-1910 more than twenty-two million immigrants had entered the country This influx of immigration became known as the New Immigration Industrialization had taken over agriculture and American industries were experiencing one of their greatest booms thus a greater demand for workers Immigrants from all over Europe came in hopes of securing for themselves money to return home with or in some cases a permanent position in a country of abundant opportunity Although this increase in immigration eventually led to restrictive immigration laws ultimately this group of New Immigrants not only provided a much-needed economic service but also added to the diversity of our melting-pot country The promise of immediate employment and political and economic freedom were more than enough reasons to entice immigrants to come to the United States in 1864 some 194000 immigrants landed in America Until 1897 ninety percent of all overseas immigrants arrived mostly from northern and western Europe primarily from Great Britain Ireland Germany and Scandinavia Most of these new immigrants came from lands with democratic traditions and education systems and were welcomed by the native-born Americans because they possessed much needed industrial skills The new immigrants primarily the Scandinavians used the Homestead Act to receive land in the Midwest and start small farms They had families and skills to offer and were not a migrant group they planned to stay and make it in America However by 1905 partially encouraged by the new technology of steamships and cheaper ocean passage rates the number of immigrants had risen to 1285000 people annually More than a million immigrants arrived in each of the years 1905 1907 and 1910
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