Immigrant Farming Essay

1112 words - 5 pages

Many immigrants came to america for many different reasons.Many came to seek new lives in a different place, hoping for a better life. Some came to escape corrupt government rulers in their home country. So many of them chose to come to America. In the late 1800s the homestead act was passed, which allowed any people to claim any amount of land they wanted out West. This was the perfect opportunity for many immigrants. This was what enticed the immigrants to take the journey to America. When they went west Most of them became farmers or miners.
Farming for many immigrants was extremely hard and difficult. Many of the people who came to america searching for a way to create a better ...view middle of the document...

This became a problem with many farms. The farmers who didn’t practice crop rotation quickly found out that if crop rotation was not practiced the soil would lose its rich nutrients which would cut down on the yields which would cut down on the profit that could be made. That was a major reason why many of the immigrant farmers became broke and lost almost everything they owned. Many of the men went without food sometimes just to be able to feed the rest of the family. Many of the farm animals that were purchased from neighbors were not the best. Too many of the immigrants were ripped off because they didn't know what they were really buying. They were really at the mercy of the owner to be truthful with them. Many of them were buying animals that were not what the owner was claiming it to be. Many of the immigrants also brought perishable items with them when they came to america. When they got here many of them didn’t know how to take care of them so they spoiled. When winter came many of the immigrants didn’t have enough food to survive the winter. Many of them also didn”t have well built insulated houses. For the first winter many of them lived in the barns with the animals. It was not pleasant ,but they made due with what little they had. Unfortunately, many of them died the first winter because of starvation or cold. Also from the result of these conditions some committed suicide to end the misery.
By the next spring the few immigrant farmers that did make it took to the fields and started the process all over again. Many of the ones who could not make it went to the cities to find jobs, to provide for their families . Another alternative to that was to be hired by another successful farmer. Many of them were able to get room and board. Here they would be able to have a shelter, food, and a job. This was a lot better from the previous life many of them had lived.
On the other hand the ones who did made it and payed back the loans , if they did...

Find Another Essay On Immigrant Farming

Populism and Progressivism in America Essay

1070 words - 4 pages . Money to paid mechanic Added to the financial risk of farming, already gambling on soil and weather and crops. 2. Opening of new agricultural lands (West) - more and more land offered to people, land needed to be develop. Farmer could maintain more land than before because of technology. Problem: crops price were falling, land rush to make up for money lost on crops and to pay loans. High interests rate from bank. Huge drought in

Describing the Business of Farming in O Pioneers! by Willa Silbert Cather

1160 words - 5 pages Norwegian immigrant family, the Bergsons. The beginnings in the new world were very tough for the Bergson family. And the situation didn't seem to get better. They have met several misfortunes that have held their farming business back. „One winter his cattle had perished in a blizzard. The next summer one of his plow horses broke its leg in a prairie-dog hole and had to be shot. Another summer he lost his hogs from cholera, and a valuable

Illegal Immigrants of American Society

2023 words - 8 pages to a group of people who often live in danger and secrecy. Undocumented workers often are placed in dangerous jobs and must live without the benefits of even the poorest Americans.     If an immigrant gets robbed, he can't go to the police. If he is sick or injured to the severest degree, he can't go to the hospital. To further exacerbate the risk, undocumented workers typically live in areas of higher crime and work the

Illegal Immigrants: A Modern Day Grapes of Wrath

1530 words - 6 pages workers of the 1930’s had the benefit of cars, however since cars are too noticeable by border patrol an immigrant has to walk the whole length (García). Walking the desert between the U.S and Mexico is the hardest way of crossing. An immigrant has to cross when the heat is not as strong and walk miles without rest (National Geographic). All the walking without rest makes the immigrants very tired and dehydrated, however they have to drink salt water

Illegal immigration: who should be deported

1507 words - 7 pages 357,000 people a year and to limit the number of immigrants of any one country. In 1924 a new quota law passed to reduce immigration to 160,000 a year. In 1929 the reduction of immigrants dropped to only 157,000 people "History of Illegal Immigration in U.S". The big sIgnificant controversy in the history of the United States is Mexican immigration. Mexican immigration has become an outrage in some states. Farmers or farming employers


724 words - 3 pages Immigration The second wave of immigrants to come to the United States came in from Southern or Eastern Europe. These immigrants came to the United States seeking better economic opportunities for their families. The economy of the United States was driven by the culture that resided in the area. In the Seattle area, the farming, ranching, logging and fishing industries drove the economy. This was mainly due to the huge growth of

The Rise of Big Business between 1870 and 1920 was accompanied by increasing social conflict

1479 words - 6 pages succumb to the powers of others. "The rise of large corporations threatened the already existing business order".The expansion of railroads allowed many areas a chance to participate in commercial farming. This development also helped to create a national market for manufactured goods. "By the year 1880 the majority of the workforce engaged in non farming jobs…. And the records in 1890 show that two thirds of Americans worked for wages rather

Urban Agriculture

1698 words - 7 pages (being that the rural population is only one quarter compared to the three quarter urban population) where there is more people to serve both economically and socially. It is also a fact that buying produce from large farming cooperation supports the unfair working conditions and meager wages paid to their usually immigrant workers. An article from the Annual Review of Public Health documents the unfair treatment of immigrant farm workers: “No

Comparing Letters from an American Farmer and Thoreau's Various Essays

1812 words - 7 pages in and around Concord which Thoreau disliked are now homes and businesses, as is much of the wild land on which he walked. Crèvecoeur's small immigrant-owned farms in the mid-west are gone, replaced by enormous corporate-owned food factories. This is a reversal of what Crèvecoeur loved about the American farming life, and a devastation on Thoreau's hopes for the American future. As removed as Thoreau was from self-supporting agriculture, modern

Out of This Furnace

1364 words - 5 pages and miserable outlook, many Americans, holding onto the ideals of laissez-faire and the American Dream, persevered in the hopes of success. Thomas Bell's Out of this Furnace is one such story. Coming to America with dreams and hopes of a better life, Bell tells the story of reality and challenges that await the immigrating Slovaks. He shows through the lives of Kracha, Mike, and Mary, that immigrants can be successful despite the anti-immigrant

Irish in America

565 words - 2 pages In the eighteenth century and into the nineteenth century Ireland's population grew rapidly. Ireland lagged behind most of mid-west Europe in industrialization and urbanization. They relied mainly on an agrarian economy, which made it very hard for them to absorb large numbers of people in any other sphere of work but farming. This will lead to the "The Great Potato Famine" in the mid nineteenth century. The mass exodus from Ireland was more a

Similar Essays

Farming And Immigration At The Turn Of The Century

962 words - 4 pages . It is important to realize that the fundamental reason why most occupied the profession of farming was due to the recently successful agrarian revolution in Europe. As such, it is possible to assume that such immigrants thus possessed enough skill and motivation as to suggest their positive perception of farming in the New World. Without a doubt, some of these immigrant farmers actually succeeded, albeit fitfully, in actualizing this dream

Working In Gilded Age America Essay

971 words - 4 pages citizens thereof became. The comparison of working experiences during the Gilded Age will include two groups: White farmers and immigrants. The first aspect of working experiences will focus on the type of work performed, which did vary greatly. For the most part, white farmers of the populist movement were tenant farmers, the rest being poor farming families. Tenant farmers were farmers who rented land and grew crops on land that someone else

Italian Immigration Essay

1339 words - 6 pages of the country like California. They moved there for the opportunities it offered in mining, farming, and working on the railroad and other jobs going on at the time. Most of the immigrants had agreed to work in these areas of the country on terms for payment of their voyage. In most cases, especially in the South the immigrants were introduced to economic hatred, and sometimes even violence. Most of the immigrant workers who at these areas were

Why Half Of The Us And President Obama Are In Favor Of Immigration Reform

2537 words - 11 pages what is so characteristic about this labor force. According to the authors, more immigrants are working in lower skilled occupations and in a different set of industries than native workers. There are relatively more immigrant workers who are working in a service or farming industry, or as private household workers. They also tend to work more in agriculture, manufacturing, and wholesale and retail trade. Throughout the article, the authors explored