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German Immigration A story told by the ghosts of the pastThe day I left home my mother came with me to the railroad stationWhen we said goodbye she said it was just like seeing me go into my casket I never saw her again So is the story of Julia B from Germany and many others who left their life and love for a chance of happiness in a new country This is the story of the German immigrants in 1880-1930 who risked everything on a dream of better thingsWhat caused the German immigration to Ameica between 1870-1930 In this paper Ill answer that question plus what caused the movement what happined to them when they arrived and how did they adapt Ill also tell some of the more gritty stuff by using intimate and detailed quotes used by many real immigrants who came to America anywhere from 1880 to 1930 As you read this be prepared to learn what really happened to these immigrants and why the streets were paved with anything but goldToday many Germans live throughout the US especially in the mid-west More likely then not they came here in the late 1800s- 1900s This would be because of the many revolutions in the 1860s and the poverty that almost always follows war In one 20 year span in the late 1800s Germany went to war at least 7 times taking on neighboring countries such as Austria France Belgium and RussiaLike I said much money was spent on the war effort in Germany People were taxed heavily just to buy bullets for the army Through all this word was spread like wild fire through Germany that a new country in the west across the water was offering freedom and a promise of happiness for anyone who would make the long journey to the new country America So with somewhat heavy hearts many men and women left their families behind to journey to
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