Pre-Civil War Society

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Digital History ID 3839

Interpreting Statistics

Immigration as a Source of Population Increase

Year Percent of Total Population Increase
1820s 4 percent
1830s 13 percent
1840s 23 percent
1850s 34 percent
1860s 25 percent
1870s 27 percent
1880s 41 percent
1890s 28 percent

Immigration to the U.S.

Year

Number
Percentage of Composition
Irish English German
1820 8,385
1830 23,322
1840 84,066 47 10 35
1850 369,980 44 14 21
1860 153,640 32 19 35

Questions To Think About

1. During which decades was immigration the greatest source of population increase?

2. Where did most pre-Civil War immigrants come from?



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