Chinese, Japanese, Eastern and Southern Europeanimmigrants, in search of a place void of poverty,overcrowding and religious persecution, decided toembark on a journey from their native and distantcountries, to the U.S.
Where did the newly arrived immigrants take up residency?
Chinese and Japanese began to settle on the Westcoast, specifically LosAngeles and San Francisco. Eastern and Southern Europeans settled in the Northeast section of theUnited States in cities such as Boston, Philadelphia and New York.
Unfortunately, for the newly arrived immigrants,they found their situation pretty much similar to the conditions they left behind.
The current american citizens viewed the arrival of these new citizens as threats to their livelihoods.Opposition to the new immigrants were especially harsh for Asian Americans.
Chinese immigrants on the Westcoast faced strict discrimination in the form of legislation such as the Chinese ExclusionAct. This act was designed with the intent to restrict Asian immigration.
For Eastern and Southern European immigrants, although they did not face discrimination to such anextent as Asian Americans, their aspirations of leaving alife of poverty was unfortunately not reality in the NewWorld. Many of them found themselves mirred in a life ofpoverty as they dwelled in apartment complexes in areas that were known as "Ethnic Ghettos."
Ethnic Ghettos consisted of large apartment complexes (that saw a transformation from lavish homes) werecreated in an effort to accommodate such a large influx of people.
Grade ElevenHistory-Social Science Content Standards11.2 Students analyze the relationshipamong the rise of industrialization, large-scale rural-to-urban migration, andmassive immigration from Southern andEastern Europe.