These immigrants, pictured at Ellis Island, faced an uncertain future.
They may have come to America to find new opportunities or to avoid
problems in their homeland.
What Will They Do?
Some of these new Americans came to Iowa. They built farms or worked
in one of the many Iowa industries that processed farm products or
manufactured farming equipment.
There were many reasons that caused
immigrants to come to America. Some came to find work. Others came
to buy land. Still others wanted to avoid religious persecution.
This picture raises many questions about immigration to America:
- What factors CAUSED
immigrants to leave their homelands?
- As immigrants came to America, what EFFECT
did they have on the country?
- What EFFECT
did immigrants have on the communities in which they lived?
- The following table identifies eight
events in immigration history between 1815 and 1954.
Each of these events had an effect on individuals, communities or
the country. Historians call this cause
- Read each event in the cause
- Then match an effect
to each of the events listed in the cause
- Then type a possible secondary effect
in the third column.
| 2 | 3 | 4
| 5 | 6 | 7
| 8 | 9 | 10