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Immigration
The Contributions of Immigrants

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Immigration


The Contributions of Immigrants
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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 4 to 7
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   7.29

Vocabulary
     challenging words:    jukebox, relativity, diverse, rugged, originally, theory, universal, often, pioneer, pride, all-American, yankee, composer, hotdogs, phooey, scientist
     content words:    Abraham Lincoln, Albert Einstein, Alexander Graham Bell, Elizabeth Blackwell, Irving Berlin, President Abraham Lincoln, William Henry Harrison, Purdue University, United States


The Contributions of Immigrants
By Colleen Messina
  

1     We often take pride in the accomplishments of Americans. However, many aspects of American life were inspired by immigrants. Abraham Lincoln once said that immigrants have been "a source of national wealth and strength."
 
2     Immigrants have made major contributions to every field. You might find a list of famous American immigrants in your history book. Albert Einstein, a great scientist, is probably on that list. He was a German immigrant. He changed how everyone saw the world with his theory of relativity. Another famous immigrant was Alexander Graham Bell. He came from Scotland. You can thank him every time you use the telephone. The first woman doctor in America was Elizabeth Blackwell. She came from England. Irving Berlin, the Russian composer, was also an immigrant.
 
3     Many "all-American" items and customs actually came from immigrants. Did you know that log cabins came from Sweden and Finland? Log cabins were first built in America in the 1770s. Soon, log cabins were popular across the country. President Abraham Lincoln made a log cabin seem like a great place to grow up. William Henry Harrison used the log cabin as a campaign symbol. These rustic residences became a symbol for the rugged pioneer spirit.

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Immigration
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United States
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    American Government  
 
    Black History and Blacks in U.S. History  
 
    Children in History  
 
    Government Careers  
 
    Hispanic Heritage  
 
    How Can I Help?  
 
 
    Immigration  
 
    National Parks and Monuments  
 
    Native Americans  
 
    Presidents of the United States  
 
    Women's History  
 


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    American Revolution  
 
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    Lewis and Clark
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    Pearl Harbor  
 
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    The 1960's  
 
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    The Civil War
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    The Great Depression
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    The United States Grows
(1865-1900)
 
 
    The War of 1812  
 
    Wild, Wild West  
 
    World War I
(1914-1918)
 
 
    World War II  
 


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