Today, America is made up of many different kinds of people. There are so many
cultures that make America unique. Ethnic America, by Thomas Sowell, gives an excellent
example about why these different groups immigrated from there homelands to come to
America. Sowell also mention's the economic and cultural contributions made by these
different cultures to our nation. The author didn't leave any stone unturned, and traces
each culture from thier homeland to thier economic standing in today's society.
Most of the people that immigrate to America today are fleeing poverty or
persecution in thier own countries. This is not only true today, but the same reasons people
came to America in the past. The immigrants from Europe demonstrate the largest
quantity of immigrant looking for freedom. The Irish although free, lived as 'a conquered
people.' (pg. 19) The British controlled every aspect of their lives. Irish life expectancy
was low, and they were extremely poor.
The Germans however fled to escape the power
of petty rulers, and religious persecution. In reality, the Germans that flocked to America
were Prussians who left thier homelands before Germany was formed. Their lives were
played against each other by their rulers, which seemed to have never changed until the
removal of the Berlin wall, or Iron Curtain. The Jews left their homes over a span of time
for one reason, and one reasonably, religious persecution. From 70 AD , to the early
twentieth century Jews have been seeking religious freedom in countries other than thier
own. Italian immigrants came for reasons varying from poverty to the varying languages
and cultures of Italy. Cultural freedom is not the only reason that immigrants leave thier
countries though. The Asian immigrants came to the new world to escape political upset.
the Chinese and Japanese...