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PostSubject: Comprehension texts n° 1   Thu 23 Feb - 8:32

Immigration to the USA (1)

Twenty seven million white immigrants entered the United States between 1880 and 1924. Two thirds of these so-called new immigrants came from different parts of Europe that were economically underdeveloped. In the first decade of the 20th century, about six million immigrants arrived from Russia, Austria, Hungary and Italy. They were drawn by the flourishing manufacturing sector of the economy. They not only brought their labour force but also their skills that were vital to industries such as construction and textile. Nevertheless, their customs and culture struck native-born, Americans who considered them as impossible to assimilate. That phenomenon did not last forever. With the end of the colonial empires in the fifties and sixties and emergence of independent Asian and African countries, a new law was voted: The 1964 Hart-Cellar Act. This law gave equal access to Asians, Africans, Latin-Americans and Europeans. Since then, over eight million legal immigrants have entered the United Stated, about half of them from the Third World. The new immigrants are likely to change the composition of the American population. Some demographers predict that by 2030, American and Europeans roots will not be a majority. Even the dominance of the English language is seen as uncertain. The problem is whether the diversity of origins will continue to maintain American Society as united as it has been so far.

A. Find in the text the synonyms of …

attracted (§1)
keep (§ 3)

B. Fill in the chart with information from the text.

Number of immigrants Country of origin Period
…………………………… from ……………………… between 1880 and 1924
…………………………… from the Third World from ……… until ........

C. True or false? Justify.

Native-born Americans reacted against the new immigrant’s culture and customs.
The Hart-Cellar Act continued to favour European immigrants.

D. Answer the questions.

How did the new immigrants contribute to the development of the industry?

Is the American population likely to change in the coming years? Explain!
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PostSubject: Re: Comprehension texts n° 1   Fri 2 Feb - 5:08

A-attracted=came

-keep=continue

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B-Number of immigrants Country of origin Period

was about six million from russia, austria, hugary and italy between 1880 and 1924

4 million from the Third World from fifties until sixties

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C-true Native-born Americans reacted against the new immigrant’s culture and customs.

-false because This law gave equal access to Asians, Africans, Latin-Americans and Europeans. Since then, over eight million legal immigrants have entered the United Stated, about half of them from the Third World.

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- How did the new immigrants contribute to the development of the industry?

their skills that were vital to industries such as construction and textile

- Is the American population likely to change in the coming years? Explain!

The new immigrants are likely to change the composition of the American population. Some demographers predict that by 2030, American and Europeans roots will not be a majority. Even the dominance of the English language is seen as uncertain. The problem is whether the diversity of origins will continue to maintain American Society as united as it has been so far.
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