Jewish immigrants

A multicultural history of US immigration

By lmmc
  • Oct 11, 1492

    The "discovery" of a new world

    The "discovery" of a new world
    Columbus, an Italian sailor, lands in Hispaniola. Conquest of Native Americans and colonization begins.
  • Period: Oct 11, 1492 to

    Immigration timespan

  • Jan 1, 1565

    European nations claim "new" land

    European nations claim "new" land
  • Jamestown Colony

    Jamestown Colony
    The English settle the colony of Jamestown in Virginia in the hopes of finding gold. Although the first years were hard and many lives were lost, the colony eventually began making money and led to more colonies being established.
  • Slave trade begins

    Slave trade begins
    Forced migration of Africans began as 20 men where forced aboard a Dutch ship and taken to the Jamestown colony.
  • Pilgrams land in Massachusetts and name colony Plymouth

    Pilgrams land in Massachusetts and name colony Plymouth
    Many people left England to escape religious persecution on the Mayflower. Conflicts and friendships began with the Wampanogs who were native to the area. A video to learn more about their first winter.
  • Large scale slave migration

    Large scale slave migration
    Largest forced migration in US history. Over the next 100+ years millions of Africans were stolen and sold into slavery.
  • Indentured Servants

    Indentured Servants
    Many of the new immigrants that came to America were actually indentured servants. These were people that would trade their labor for ususally a period of 5 to 7 years in trade for passage to the colonies.
  • Revolutionary war

    Revolutionary war
    As more generations are being born in the US, ties with England become frayed. Representatives of the 13 colonies formed the Continental Congress and wrote the Declaration of Independence in which they declared that they wanted to be their own country, the United States of America. War with England began.
  • First large wave of immigrants arrive

    First large wave of immigrants arrive
    Over the next several years large amounts of immigrants arrived from England, Germany, Scotland and Ireland.
  • Trail of Tears

    Trail of Tears
    Forced relocation of Cherokee , Creek, Seminole, and Chocktaw from their homeland to Indian Territory in Oklahoma. During this time as the US was expanding westward, pushing Native Americans further off their land.
  • Irish Potato Famine

    Irish Potato Famine
    In 1845 a blight ruined potato farming for several years which lead to famine in Irelland. This prompted a major mass migration of Irish immigrants to the United States
    To learn more, watch a video at Irish Potato Famine. [Video]. In Britannica Online for Kids. Retrieved from
  • Gold Rush brings many to California

    Gold Rush brings many to California
    A discovery of gold at a sawmill spured a mass migration of settlers and foreigners to California with the hopes to strike it rich. Included in the migration where people from China, France, Germany, Chile, Mexico, Ireland, and Turkey.
  • Civil War begins between the Northern and Southern states

    Civil War begins between the Northern and Southern states
    During the Civil War over 600,000 lives were lost. Many of those were immigrants that fought for both sides. This war led to the eventual end of legalized slavery.
  • Ellis Island

    Ellis Island
    Begining in 1892, Ellis Island in New York became the gateway for newly arrived immigrants into the United States. Approximately 12 million would come through there up until 1954. To learn more about Ellis Island :
  • Immigration Act of 1924

    Immigration Act of 1924
    Enacted as a federal law that put limitations on who and how many immigrants were allowed to enter the Unted States. One of the reasons for the law was that Americans became suspiscious of people who were not "native" born and questioned their motives. LAws like this increased fear and prejuidices of foreigners.
  • United States enters WWII

    United States enters WWII
    The US enters war after attack on Pearl Harbor. As war continues, immigration to the US slows considerably, especially with Japan, Germany and Italy. Americans become fearful again of foreigners. After the war President Truman urged Congress to allow displaced people in Europe and elsewhere entry to the US. To hear an audio address:
  • Immigration and Naturalization Act of 1965

    Immigration and Naturalization Act of 1965
    The US passes the act which abolishes the previous immigration quotas and looks instead to reunite families and bring skilled workers to the US.
  • Wave of immigration

    Wave of immigration
    Starting in the 90's, the United States saw an influx of Asians, Mexixans, and Latinos.
  • World Trade Center Attacks

    World Trade Center Attacks
    After the 9/11 attacks, hostility against immigrants intensifies, especially against middle easterners.
  • A Multicultural sociiety

    A Multicultural sociiety
    Today approximately 1 in 10 residents in America are foreign born.