How did immigrants change American society? What impact did immigrants have on the United States economy?

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mkoren eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Immigrants have had a significant impact on our society. Immigrants provided a significant portion of the labor in our factories. Many immigrants believed they could make a better living in the United States than they could make in their homeland. Unfortunately, many immigrants found this not to be true as they worked long hours for low pay with unsafe conditions in the factories.

Immigrants made many contributions to our society. Albert Einstein was a famous scientist. He informed President Roosevelt that Germany was working on developing an atomic bomb. Irving Berlin made many contributions to American music. Felix Frankfurter was a Supreme Court justice. Alexander Graham Bell invented the telephone.

Immigrants also impacted our economy. As more immigrants came to our country, the demand for products and for services increased. This allowed businesses to grow. As immigrants and other Americans began to move westward, the businesses followed and began to move to the West.

Immigrants brought new cultures to our country. The United States is referred to as the melting pot because there were so many different cultures that came to our country. We have adopted some of these cultural ideas. St. Patrick’s Day is from the Irish heritage. The idea of having a Christmas tree came from the Germans. Immigrants brought various foods commonly used in our country. For example, fish and chips came from England.

Immigrants have made many contributions to our country. They have impacted us in many ways.

pholland14 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Immigrants have changed the United States in a variety of ways.  New foods such as pizza and sushi are popular thanks to immigrants.  Also, immigrants brought the concept of kindergarten to America.  Immigrants brought their religious customs with them as well. Immigrants have kept the United States productive by providing what is often youthful energy to the American economy.  Some very successful people in this country have been immigrants, such as Andrew Carnegie, Wernher von Braun, and George Gershwin.  Immigrants have often provided the labor to create American infrastructure, such as the canal and railroad system, which served the nation so well in the 1800s.  Even today immigrants provide both skilled and unskilled labor, and they put billions of dollars into the economy.  Immigrants also provide products which they enjoyed in their home country but may not be plentiful in the United States.  This is especially true in the food industry.