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Daily Life in Immigrant America, 1820-1870: How the First Great Wave of Immigrants Made Their Way in America
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Daily Life in Immigrant America, 1820-1870: How the First Great Wave of Immigrants Made Their Way in America (Paperback)

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Early-nineteenth-century America experienced the first wave of immigration after Independence, when Germans, Irish, English, Scandinavians, and, on the West Coast, even Chinese began to arrive in significant numbers. These new settlers had a profound impact on such national developments as westward expansion, urban growth, industrialization, city and national politics, and the Civil War.

James M. Bergquist is professor emeritus of history at Villanova University and has written widely on American immigration. He is also editor of the Immigration and Ethnic Society newsletter. He lives in Philadelphia.

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