Summarizes the various waves of immigration to the United states from the early colonial period to the present. In the beginning most immigrants were English, but in the 1840’s the Irish began to arrive followed by the Germans in the 1850’s. Also in the 1850’s the first non-Northern Europeans arrived as Chinese began to settle on the Pacific coast until prevented from immigrating by the Exclusion Act of 1882. From 1890 to the 1920’s a flood of peoples from all parts of Europe immigrated until the quota system restricted the numbers of persons admitted.

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