What was the impact of global migration on the United States during the 1800s and early 1900s?

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Ashley Kannan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

From 1850 to 1930, the foreign born population of the United States increased from 2.2 million to 14.2 million.  This particular and singular fact might help to explain the impact of global migration on the United States.  At the time, the wave of industrialization was sweeping through the nation.  The emergence of over 10 million immigrants helped to provide a ready labor pool for these industrialists who had centralized their factories in urban settings.  This helped to increase the generation of business in America in the late 19th and early 20th Centuries.  It is through this growth of industry where one sees the greatest impact on global migration in America of the time period.  As immigration increased, there was a correlative issue of affordability in emigrating to the United States.  From 1880 to 1924, over 25 million Europeans migrated to the United States, helping to confirm this assertion.  This also helps to underscore the impact of global migration in America of the late 1800s and early 1900s.