Chapter 12

Chapter 12: The Dynamics Of Growth

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Immigration in Jacksonian America


What response did immigrants receive from Americans in the Jacksonian era?

Cheap land and the growing industrial economy of the United States drew immigrants from all over the world. Most immigrants came from northern and western Europe, with the Irish and Germans outpacing other nationalities. Many found economic opportunity, but others suffered from discrimination and exploitation. One source of trouble for the newcomers was the nativists, who opposed immigration. Nativists saw the rising numbers of foreign-born as a threat to American society and culture.


Choose from the following titles:

  1. The Story of German Immigrants
  2. The Irish in America (1867)
  3. Imminent Dangers to the Free Institutions of the United States by Samuel F.B. Morse (1835)
  4. Anti-immigrant cartoon
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