Ethnic Groups and Discrimination Assignment 2
I am of German heritage. Members of my family immigrated to the United States in the mid 1800’s and others have been documented as having immigrated in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. Most of both sides of my family have been tracked to the ship they arrived on with the exception of one set of great-great grandparents. They are said to have arrived on a cattle boat, which would not have had a register of passengers. As a descendant of the German race, I have researched the history of how and why my ancestors and many other Germans came to the United States. According to Think Quest (2009), around the 1700’s, Germans were leaving Germany to find an easier life. German immigrants came to the United States because the country was constantly under attack by other nations. During that time, residents of the southwestern portions of Germany were being tortured and robbed. Entire villages were being burned to the ground and the residents killed (Think Quest, 2009). As Germans were fleeing Germany in droves, the rulers tried to stifle the immigration efforts to no avail. As of 1709, 3000 Germans immigrated to the United States, boating to New York; in 1745, there were an estimated 45,000 Germans living in Pennsylvania alone (Think Quest, 2009). After 1800, more and more Germans came to the United States. During this time, it was for a different reason. Modernization and population growth in Germany had forced many out of work. Family businesses were hurt by larger more powerful companies. At the same time, this modernization helped the immigrants to arrive in the United States much quicker. The invention of the Steam boat and steam trains moved them along in a much more convenient manner. The immigrants would take a train across Britain to the harbor, where they would catch a steam boat to the United States.
Ethnic Groups and Discrimination Assignment 3
Research does not show a large amount of...