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World War I, Effects on Immigration

Wars are typically vehicles of social and political change. World War I, which decreased both the number of immigrants coming to the United States and the legal rights of those migrants already in the country, was certainly no exception.

Numerical Effects on Immigration to the United States

Between 1880 and 1914, the United States experienced a large increase in the number of immigrants traveling to its shores. According to the U.S. Census, the total foreign-born population increased from approximately 6.6 million individuals in 1880 to 13.5 million in 1910. The advent of international war in 1914 dramatically amplified the dangers of traveling by sea and limited the trend in immigration over 30 years in the making. Between 1900 and 1910, the foreign-born population in the United States ...

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