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Ethnic Groups and Discrimination Jerilyn Burns ETH/125 1/08/2012

I can identify with more than one ethnic group. The ethnic group that I have chosen to discuss for the assignment is the Italians. I have just a small amount of Italian in me and I know very little about my Italian ethnicity. I thought by me choosing the Italian ethnicity I would be able to learn more about the Italians and have a better understanding of how they came to America and the struggles they had to face while being here. The Italians started to migrate to the united states for a few different reasons in between the mid 1800’s and the mid 1900’s. These reasons were due to poverty, over population, and even natural disasters that had caused them to decide to migrate to the United States. Some of these natural disasters were scarcity of cultivatable land, soil erosion and deforestation. The Italians also had a lack of coal and iron ore which were needed by their industry. Many of the Italians that migrated to the United States didn’t plan to stay here permanently. The Italians wanted to come to America to build their money up so that they could better take care of their families that were still in Italy. Most of the Italians that had migrated to the United States during this time were men starting at the age of eighteen and up. There were some women who migrated to the United States as well but most of them were men. Most of the Italians that migrated to the United States were from rural communities and had very little education. Even though the Italians were farmers in Italy they had not come to America to do farm work. Most of the Italians had found unskilled work in the American cities. The Italians were willing to work very long hours on lower wages than what the Americans were willing to work for. This had caused the Italians to become rivals with the Irish who also worked…...

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