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History 53 Spring 2000 ImmigrationMigration America and Immigration When reading two articles that are decades apart one sees that the nations as a whole opinion has changed about immigrants In an article from 1905 the South wanted immigrants because they were cheap labor Almost 80 years later in 1983 the South had a different opinion about immigrants In his 1905 article Immigration and the South Robert DeCoury Ward just begins to touch on the idea that immigrants could be bad for Americas economy On the contrary the 1983 article Immigration How Its Affecting US James Fallows bluntly tells of immigration being harmful to the US economy When Robert DeCoury Ward wrote his article Immigration and the South it was during a time when there was a heavy flow of immigrants to the North and the South was just beginning to receive immigrants The North was clearly growing tired of the immigrants yet the South welcomed them For example he stated The North finds itself greatly burdened with the many problems which have grown out of or have at least been greatly aggravated by immigration He then goes on to say the following The South is developing a newborn zeal for immigration These two statements clearly show the opinions of the American people during this time in the 20th century There are a few prime reasons for the Souths new zeal for immigration First of all the rapid growth of manufacturing resulted in a demand for thousands of new workmen This was a need that the native population of America could not meet Second with the newly freed Negroes asking for higher wages and more vacation landowners needed cheaper workers which is exactly what the immigrants were One other key reason and maybe the one that standouts the most is that the South had not really experienced immigration yet They did not know of the troubles that the North had been
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