[ Post a Response | da Brooklyn Stoop ]
Re: A classic example.... Carol
The 1882 act, along with excluding people for other reasons such as criminals, mental cases, etc. excluded anyone liable to be a "public charge" within five years. Almost all of our immigrant forefathers would be considered "poor" but they were European and shared mostly common cultures that assimilated within a generation or two. They had to be able to work or have a needed skill. The second industrial revolution in the mid 1800's was rapid, bringing the need for more manpower. If they didn't have money themselves, they might have had sponsors who guaranteed they wouldn't become public charges. My maternal grandmother came over at 13, her brother had come over earlier and was doing quite well, he was her sponsor. She became a seamstress until she married. My grandfather came from a wealthy family in Germany, I suspect that they subsidized him.
You also have to take into consideration that it didn't take the amount of money it takes today to survive. My first adult job paid $64/wk., the same amount as my first apartment was per month.
Message Thread | This response ↓|