What was the American Dream of the white immigrant who came to Ellis Island in the late 1800's?

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To the White Immigrants, America was the land of freedom and opportunity.  In their home country they faced tyrannical Monarchy, famine, and/or economic persecution.  The USA was the place where Monarchical government didn't exist, prosperity was everywhere, and economic opportunity abounded. 

The typical immigrant sought to get to the USA,...

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To the White Immigrants, America was the land of freedom and opportunity.  In their home country they faced tyrannical Monarchy, famine, and/or economic persecution.  The USA was the place where Monarchical government didn't exist, prosperity was everywhere, and economic opportunity abounded. 

The typical immigrant sought to get to the USA, find a place where they could earn a living in the same way they had back home, and become a US citizen.  Many sought to capitalize on the American frontier by homesteading, prospecting, or operate a supporting business. 
When you saw the Statue of Liberty, you knew you had reached America.  Ellis Island was the portal she guarded. 

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