"Ethnic America" by Thomas Sowell

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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...