U.S. immigration has gone through the following four distinct periods: colonial, mid-19th century, the beginning of the 20th century, and post-1965. Each of these waves differs by the racial and ethnic groups migrating to the United States. During the colonial period of migration, most immigrants were from Europe and arrived as indentured servants. During the mid-19th century, there was a sharp increase in migration from northern Europe. In the next period of immigration, there was an increase in migration from eastern and southern Europe. ...

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