Why did much less immigrants historically settle in the Southern US than in other parts of the US?

Futurist

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May 2014
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SoCal
#71
If one couldn't afford farmland, the jobs were in the mills and mines and railroad yards of the north. Once immigrant groups settled there in large number and formed ethnic enclaves, it was only natural for those that followed to settle in the neighborhoods until they integrated.
Yeah, that definitely makes sense. This could also help explain why the Southern US only began attracting huge numbers of immigrants after it already industrialized (specifically after 1965).
 

Chlodio

Forum Staff
Aug 2016
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Dispargum
#72
Yeah, that definitely makes sense. This could also help explain why the Southern US only began attracting huge numbers of immigrants after it already industrialized (specifically after 1965).
If you're considering 1965 you also need to consider the changing nature of immigration. By the late 20th century relatively few Europeans were coming to America any more. Immigration into the South consisted of Cubans fleeing Castro and Mexicans moving into Texas. There's a community of Vietnamese in Texas that moved there after the Vietnam War because the climate was similar - hot and humid. Also they were fishermen in Vietnam, and they settled on the Gulf coast and resumed fishing.

I would also point to the Voting Rights Act and the Civil Rights Act as giving immigrants less to worry about civil rights-wise. There's also the proliferation of air conditioning that made the Southern climate more comfortable for immigrants from cooler climates. Basically, a lot of the same reasons why Americans from the North began moving to the South.
 

Futurist

Ad Honoris
May 2014
21,200
SoCal
#73
If you're considering 1965 you also need to consider the changing nature of immigration. By the late 20th century relatively few Europeans were coming to America any more. Immigration into the South consisted of Cubans fleeing Castro and Mexicans moving into Texas. There's a community of Vietnamese in Texas that moved there after the Vietnam War because the climate was similar - hot and humid. Also they were fishermen in Vietnam, and they settled on the Gulf coast and resumed fishing.

I would also point to the Voting Rights Act and the Civil Rights Act as giving immigrants less to worry about civil rights-wise. There's also the proliferation of air conditioning that made the Southern climate more comfortable for immigrants from cooler climates. Basically, a lot of the same reasons why Americans from the North began moving to the South.
Yeah, all of that certainly makes sense. :) Also, Yes, most immigrants to the US after 1965 were from non-European countries. In fact, this is why the Diversity Visa Lottery was initially created in 1990--as in, to give more Europeans (especially Irish) a chance to immigrate to the US. Ultimately, though, this program came to primarily benefit Middle Easterners and Africans--which is great even if this wasn't the original intent of this program. Some European countries still qualify for this lottery even nowadays, though; it's just that most of the winners of this lottery nowadays come from non-European countries.
 
Sep 2012
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Tarkington, Texas
#74
Keep in mind that most of the capital in the South was held in Slaves. The Yankee state governments confiscated many a Sugar Plantation and Cotton Plantation. In 1860, the most valuable land in the US was located in Lafourche Parish Louisiana. The Union Army sent three expeditions across the area in three years and stripped all movable valuables. Richard Taylor lost his plantation (Fashion) in St Charles Parish quickly when Butler took New Orleans. When it was visited later it was a mess. Zachary Taylor's papers were trashed and his old swords stolen. The spotted pony the Taylor boys rode had been slaughtered and the hide pegged to the wall of the barn. All the Slaves had ran off to New Orleans were they could get a meal. The Head Slave stayed in New Orleans and sent messages across the lines to General Taylor. Taylor's in laws ended up paying all his debts he took out to buy and equip Fashion.

By 1865 most of the capital in Louisiana was gone and few property owners had money to invest. Northerners came in and ran businesses that sent the profits out of Louisiana to the Yankee owners. It took until World War 2 before Louisiana and other Southern States recovered to about where they were before 1860.

Texas was a different sort of place. There was no Federal Property because Texas had been divided up into Landgrants before the ACW. Many certificates were circulating in Europe looking for land buyers. That is how many Europeans bought land in Texas, sight unseen! Army Forts were built on land rented from the land grant owners.

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