Ethnic America: A History Character Descriptions

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The Jews

This group has become the most economically successful of ethnic groups in the United States because of the value placed on learning and business skill.

The Blacks

This group is the only one brought to the United States against their will.

The Irish

This group came to the United States as a result of famine in their home country, and brought political and social skills with them that helped bring them up from poverty.

The Germans

This group of immigrants to the U.S. quickly developed a reputation for discipline and perseverance that led them to be called the nation's "best dirt farmers."

The Italians

This group of immigrants developed a system of padroni - contract labor.

The Chinese

These immigrants overcame the most intense official discrimination of any group - exclusion acts which forbade family members to accompany workers, followed by a total ban on...

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