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Old October 13th, 2016, 03:30 AM   #1

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Numbers of migrants arriving in the US 1850-1950


Hi everyone,

I'm looking for data as precise as possible on the origins of migrants to the US for the period 1850-1950 (roughly). I'm specially trying to track arrivals of German, Austrian and Russian subjects (before 1914) so some info on the origins of the migrants would be useful.

Does any one knows where I could find that?
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There wasn't much after the Immigration Act of 1924, which set quotas based on the percent of the US population from that country in 1880. Unfortunately, this system ended with the immigration act of 1965.

There were large numbers from Italy, as well as the empires you mention arriving say 1875-1925. Most of the Russian subjects arriving were Polish or Jewish.
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Old October 13th, 2016, 09:31 AM   #3

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I think rough numbers can be found in Howard Zin's "People's Histoy of the USA" but I'm not entirely sure.
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Old October 13th, 2016, 09:51 AM   #4

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Hi everyone,

I'm looking for data as precise as possible on the origins of migrants to the US for the period 1850-1950 (roughly). I'm specially trying to track arrivals of German, Austrian and Russian subjects (before 1914) so some info on the origins of the migrants would be useful.

Does any one knows where I could find that?
Roger Daniels book Coming to America: A history of immigration and ethnicity in american life, has a specific table on page 217-218, that deals with the national origin of immigrants from Russia, Austria, Germany, and Hungary, to separate national origin from mother tongues spoken. It gives very accurate numbers.
If you could get you're hands on that book it could be very useful for what you need. I can't scan it for you unfortunately because my scanner is broken right now. If I read you're question properly, this book has exactly the information that you seek.
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Old October 25th, 2016, 01:01 AM   #5

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Roger Daniels book Coming to America: A history of immigration and ethnicity in american life, has a specific table on page 217-218, that deals with the national origin of immigrants from Russia, Austria, Germany, and Hungary, to separate national origin from mother tongues spoken. It gives very accurate numbers.
If you could get you're hands on that book it could be very useful for what you need. I can't scan it for you unfortunately because my scanner is broken right now. If I read you're question properly, this book has exactly the information that you seek.
Awesome, thanks a lot!
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Old October 25th, 2016, 02:21 AM   #6

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There are some statistics on this link:

19th Century U.S. Immigration Statistics
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Part 1416 of this pdf, has statistics on country of origin for each decade of the 20th century.

https://www.census.gov/prod/99pubs/99statab/sec31.pdf
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