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Coming to America introduces the history of the waves of immigration to America from 1500 to the present In a narrative populated with real people Roger Daniels takes the reader from the first Spanish French and English migrants to the later arrivals of Africans Germans and Irish followed by Swedes Poles Italians and Eastern European Jews in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries to the Latin American and Asian immigrants of our own era The birth of the US came because of Europeans that immigrated here for religious freedom From those small settlements came towns and cities built by immigrants But not all migrated here for religious freedom Many came on wishes for a better life or to pursue business deals As early as 1610 Italian craftsmen were brought here to by the Virginia Colony to start the glass trade So regardless of their drive people have immigrated here since the beginning of the history of the United States and still continue to Since the first new settlers arrived in America several centuries ago people have been coming to the United States for a variety of reasons to find land to farm to get an education or better job to earn money to send home to practice their religion freely or to escape famine or war just to name a few Others came by force Whatever the cause or reasons this immigration is what made America the melting pot that it is today It wasnt until the later part of the 1820s that the number of immigrants per year was over 10000 and from that time on the numbers kept growing The first real bursts in immigration came in the 1840s and 1850s when poor harvests forced people to leave Great Britain and Northern Europe Most of them came to the United States in order to survive -- there simply wasnt enough food to support the population So between 1845 and 1860 more than
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