When did the waves of immigration occur in the united states? I'm doing an immigration essay am\nd I need alot of info!

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Before our current wave of immigration in the last couple of decades, there were two main waves of immigration to the United States in the nation's history.

The first was in the 1840s.  It was composed mainly of German immigrants (fleeing political upheaval) and Irish immigrants (fleeing the great Potato...

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Before our current wave of immigration in the last couple of decades, there were two main waves of immigration to the United States in the nation's history.

The first was in the 1840s.  It was composed mainly of German immigrants (fleeing political upheaval) and Irish immigrants (fleeing the great Potato Famine of that decade).  Many people disliked these immigrants and the American Party (aka Know-Nothings) sprang up to oppose them.

The second wave was from around 1880 to around 1920.  This time, the immigrants were from Eastern Europe and Southern Europe.  People disliked them because there were many Jews, many Catholics, and many political radicals.  This led to anti-immigration laws in the 1920s and the rise of the KKK.

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