Jews Immigration to the United States essay

immigration / culture / united states / jews

A react essay about the Jew and trans-national America and Woodrow Wilson An address to several thousand foreign born citizen

I chose this topic because due to a number of reasons. First of all, I am personally acquainted with a good amount of people who are foreigners when to speak about their origin. Also, I am fully aware of the fact that immigration has brought many new people to the state, many of which contributed to what we are having now – a strong nation with a high level of life. The historical experience also shows that the immigrants were very clever and hard working people who did their best to find new fortunate on a new land.

While writing this paper I have gathered an enormous volume of material that helped me to realize even more the role of newcomers for the growth of my state. The paper is based on the analysis of the following events: (1) the immigration of 28 million people to the United States of America that started at 1180 and finished at 1930. (2) and the role of Jews for building transnational America.


                            Immigration to the United States of America

Immigration to the United States of America proved to be very beneficial for the United States of America. It brought to the state a great number of non-residents who did their best to build a career on the new land. Even though the foreigners have never comprised more than 16% of the U.S. population since 1675, immigration has all reasons to be considered a major source of population growth as well as the cultural change that exists throughout much of American history. (Encyclopedia. Immigration to the United States)

Also, one has to mention that the economic, social and political aspects of immigration are the reasons of many controversies. One of these is the controversy regarding race, ethnicity, religion, economic benefits, job growth, settlement patterns, and impact on upward social mobility of the society. No less important are such aspects as criminality, nationalities, political loyalties, and moral values. The last thing has been largely influenced by the habits of the newcomers.

In the year 2006, the United States proved to accept more legal immigrants than in did during the previous times. Many of the people that have been accepted to the state were accepted as permanent residents. The number of immigrants was constantly increasing. In 2006 its number of immigrants totaled 37.5 million – quite a big number even for such a State as the United States of America. (Encyclopedia. Immigration to the United States)

However, though partially beneficial, immigration led to a 57.4% increase in foreign born population from 1990 to 2000. Also, immigration brought a big controversy that has arisen over existing immigration law and immigration outside the law. This issue is especially true for over the 7.5 million illegal alien workers. (Encyclopedia. Immigration to the United States)

Still, what is more interesting is the cultural aspect of immigration. This cultural aspect has been once discussed in the work of Randolph S. Bourne “"Trans-National America”. In this paper the author covers the topic of “melting pot” that still cannot be called a melting pot because of many reasons. I fully agree with the author since many of the newcomers to the United Stated of America were not willing to accept new culture.

The situation was largely reasoned by the presence of diverse nationalistic feelings among our great alien population. As a result, American state has to find power and ability to combine people with its particular traditional beliefs into one singular thing called - a nation.

What came as a result was the intendancy and disagreement that had a place among the “older” immigrants. As a result, the country had to live through vigorous nationalistic and cultural movements. These had a place among Germans, Scandinavians, Bohemians, and Poles.

Again, Randolph S. Bourne ascertains the idea that the national clusters of immigrants were characterized by relatively high prosperity level and a deep knowledge for cultivating cultures. The example may serve Jews. These people had a natural cultural sense that had enabled them to formulate a self-conscious cultural nuclei.


The concluding thought is that the immigration into the United States of American can be characterized as the event that had a two-fold effect. On one hand, the new comers brought many new ideas that helped to shape the America of today. On the other, immigrants’ arrival resulted in even higher level of diversification that has a place among American society.


Encyclopedia > Immigration to the United States.

Bourne R., Excerpt from "Trans-National America" (1916). Retrieved  from,+The+Jew+and+Trans-National+America+1916&hl=en&ct=clnk&cd=3&gl=ua


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