Print the activity below when finished:
  • What factors CAUSED immigrants to leave their homelands?
  • As immigrants came to America, what EFFECT did they have on the country?
  • What EFFECT did immigrants have on the communities in which they lived?
Directions:
  1. The following table identifies eight events in immigration history between 1815 and 1954.
    Each of these events had an effect on individuals, communities or the country. Historians call this cause and effect.
  2. Read each event in the cause column.
  3. Then match an effect to each of the events listed in the cause column.
  4. Then type a possible secondary effect in the third column.
Immigration Cause & Effect

On the back of your printed sheet, complete the following:
For immigrants some factors pushed them from their country while other factors pulled them toward America.
Complete this chart by identifying the correct push and pull factors.
Write Letter
In each box A-E
Push
or Pull
1.

2.

3.

4.

5.


Push

Pull

Factor

1.

A. In 1846 the Potato Famine leaves many people in Ireland without food.
2.

B. All across Europe there were huge crop failures in 1846 and 1847. Many farmers in Europe couldn’t pay for their land.
3.

C. The US Congress passed the Homestead Act in 1862. It granted citizens of the United States 160 acres of land in western areas of the country.
4.

D. Between 1880 and 1900 thousands of factory jobs become available in the United States because of westward expansion and development of new industries.
5.

E. Many Jewish people leave Russia in 1882 because of hatred toward them. This kind of racism is called anti-Semitism.