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Megan Chuderewicz Composition II Immigration Paper Jewish Immigration An Ethnic Struggle Many different social and ethnic groups have migrated to America to start new lives The Jewish people like other ethnic groups had to struggle to achieve the most out of life Not only did they come here as aliens to this country but they also had to endure treacherous living quarters rise above religious and ethnic prejudice adapt to unfair social conditions and customize and take advantage of economic opportunities that make the Jewish race a strong one in todays society The Jewish people came to The United States in three separate migrations The first wave of Jewish immigrants came from Spain and Portugal and other places like Jamaica Barbados Curcao South America and the West Indies These are the Sephardic Jews and spoke Spanish They arrived in the United States in the 1800s and since they were the first Jews to come to America they got the name of they American Jews During this groups migration Rabbi Lee Levinger states that the number of immigrants varied from 8000 in 1820 to 84000 in 1840 142 The increase of Jews did not keep up with Americas population At this time Jews were a minority in this country These people were the most enterprising and adventurous of the Jews They loved this country so much and its idea of liberty that they were willing to make great sacrifices and take huge risks to obtain these goals Some of these people came to America as peddlers and small shop owners they made a living from t rading from place to place This group of Jewish immigrants would prove to be much more wealthy than fellow Jews to migrate to this country after them The second wave of Jews to come to the United States was from Germany They arrived here in the middle of the 19th century This group mainly consisted of
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