25 million immigrants spilled into the United States between 1866 and 1915. Some were small
farmers or farm workers who could no longer support their families because increasing population in their countries meant
less available land for small farms. Many came from eastern European countries
to escape religious or political persecution. Poverty, famine, and a variety
of hardships pushed people to leave Mexico and Asia.
no matter their country of origin, came because they believed they could be free and would have a better life than the one
they were leaving behind. Family and friends would then bring others to join
their individual reasons for coming to America, the immigrants all faced an insecure and uncertain future. Would they survive the perilous journey? Would they truly better themselves? Unimaginable courage was required to make the trip. They
had it. Do you?