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Immigrants' first view of America.

Motivations and Aspirations - Introduction

Motivations and Aspirations - Introduction

All immigrants had their own unique mix of motivations underpinning their decision to take the big step of emigrating. And a big step it was: leaving their country of birth, and their family and friends behind to build a new life overseas, spending much - or all - of their saved money on the journey by sail boat or steamship. What were the reasons for more than 30 million people to leave their loved ones behind? Why is it that so many chose to leave the 19th century European continent, and what magnetic forces attracted them to that land of opportunities at the other side of the Atlantic? Although every person had their own mix of motivations, there are some clear patterns that pushed and pulled them.  

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