has served as the foundation of American growth since
before the establishment of an American government. All
Americans (with the exception of Native groups) are
either themselves or descendents of immigrants, who came
to America is search of opportunity or freedom.
Regarded around the world as “the land of
opportunity” America has at times lived up to and at
other times shunned that title. This site will cover the
Examines how the United States spread
westward during the 1800s, and the compromises designed
to deal with expansion and slavery.
Discusses the causes and effects of
urbanization in the United States, and the development
of suburbs and sprawl.
Discusses the sociological theories of the
melting pot and the salad bowl, as well as
assimilation into larger society.
Focused on the earliest immigrants to America
including those seeking religious freedoms, land and
those brought forcibly enslaved. Covers immigration
from 1620 to about the Civil War.
Focused on the great wave of immigration
that came with the industrialization of America during
the Gilded Age and into the early 20th century. Also
discusses the backlashes against this increased
immigration that resulted in restrictions and quotas
in the 1920's.
Focused on the issue of immigration as it
faces contemporary America, including the issues of
illegal immigration, the desire for skilled immigrants
and US efforts to adjust to a changing population.
A summary of the major immigration laws in