Immigrant Farming Essay

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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...

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