A History of American Immigration

A History of American Immigration


The individuals that make up the term “Americans” come from various backgrounds of ethnicities and race. Beginning with Jamestown and later the English Puritans, who fled religious persecution, the United States of America was built by immigrants who came to this country seeking change and a new life. From the Irish who left a famine-torn country, to the Chinese who found prejudice wherever they turned, every group faced challenges and overcame obstacles in the process of becoming American. The history of immigration in the United States includes millions of individuals, hundreds of cultures, and dozens of countries. It is a patchwork quilt and a melting pot. Most of all, the history of American immigration is the story of the individuals who crossed water and land to take part in the “American Dream” and change the lives of their families for generations.

Al Capone

    Al Capone’s father, Gabriele Capone, immigrated to the United States from Italy and became a citizen on May 25, 1906. Alphonse Gabriele “Al” Capone, born in Brooklyn, New York, on January 17, 1899, was the most notorious gangster of the 1920s. Al Capone, also know as “Scarface,” began his life of crime at an early age, dropping out of school in the sixth grade and joining the Five Points gang in Manhattan. Capone earned a living in Chicago during the Prohibition Age through bootlegging and running saloons, gambling houses, speakeasies, bookie joints, horse and race tracks, nightclubs, distilleries, breweries and brothels. Although he was arrested several times, Al Capone did not spend much time in jail until 1931, when he was convicted for income tax evasion and sentenced to 11 years in prison. After being incarcerated in Atlanta and Alcatraz, he was released on November 16, 1939, for good behavior. He died on January 25, 1947.

    Source: http://www.chicago.org/history/capone/cpn4.html

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