By Richard Worth

The U.S. is really a state of immigrants. Spanning the time from while the Europeans first got here to the recent global, this e-book conveys the thrill of those tales to teens. It highlights the subjects, humans, locations, and occasions that have been very important to every immigrant team.

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Without modern methods of communication and recordkeeping, it was difficult to track exactly how many people actually immigrated to the United States in any year. Entry into the United States was much less controlled than it is today. Many ships came and went without recording the number of people who stayed in America. People could travel overland without being stopped at the borders. S. government started keeping track of the number of people who immigrated to the United States in 1820. S. government records show that for the 40-year period from 1821 to 1860 more than 5 million people immigrated to the United States.

Historians estimate that about a million slaves were transported in this way, about 20,000 per year. Planters on tobacco, wheat, and corn plantations, who no longer needed as many slaves, saw the opportunity to make a substantial profit by selling them to the cotton planters who wanted them. Throughout the South, the business of slave trading was handled by professional dealers. They regularly placed advertisements in local newspapers seeking slaves for sale. One advertisement in Asheville, North Carolina, stated: “Negroes Wanted.

Others 61 worked as sharecroppers. These farmers rented land from their A Divided Nation former owners and paid them back with a share of the crop they raised. The plantation owners often took advantage of them. They overcharged the sharecroppers for supplies and kept them in debt. One of the tasks of President Andrew Johnson, who replaced Abraham Lincoln after Lincoln was assassinated in April 1865, was to come up with a plan for the reconstruction of the South and of the Union as a whole. In fact, the period immediately following the Civil War was known as Reconstruction.

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