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Old 03-15-2020, 02:35 AM
Status: "Joy cometh in the morning" (set 16 days ago)
Location: The New England part of Ohio
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Originally Posted by Therblig View Post
I suppose there's lots of reasons, starting with that NY was just better suited to being an immigrant gateway and was the premier city in the US at the time. Boston has always been... less welcoming, in your terms.

NY was where all the Atlantic shipping ported, and there were no immigrant ships - just steerage on liners and some freighters. So Ellis Island was built where it would be most useful.
Yes, it was built where it was most useful. So much of where immigrants settled, had to do with geography. NY had the ability to absorb a very large number of immigrants all at once.

Not all stayed, however. At Ellis Island, there were people sent by different industries ready to offer transportation, housing and employment to immigrants who were just off the boat. In the case of coal miners, for example, the major Coal companies sent people to recruit for these jobs, who spoke Slovak, Polish. and other Eastern European languages. Meeting someone from "the old country" who was prepared to offer the promise of company housing and instant employment, must have been hard to turn down.

I don't really think NY was "more welcoming" than anyplace else. I do think it was larger. All things considered, it was easier to stay where the ship landed, than to venture out into the unknown.
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Old 03-15-2020, 11:29 AM
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Originally Posted by antinimby View Post
It was also on the coast. It had a harbor and geographically, it was closer to the shipping route from Europe. Why did immigrants end up going to New York instead of Boston?
No, there aren't (or weren't) immigrants in Boston.

Not a one....

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Old 03-15-2020, 02:34 PM
Location: Not a Trump Building
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Post Civll War Boston had a higher relative share of immigrants than just about any city, and was very close to New York. It had direct service to Liverpool as did New York. The better question is why Philly had a much lower relative share of immigrants.

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Old 03-18-2020, 04:36 AM
Location: Copenhagen, Denmark
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I can't speak for Boston, but I can for Southborough. In the 1860s, it was dominated by Yankee farmers and shopkeepers. 100 years later, it was dominated by Irish, Italian and upper middle class suburban immigrants. The only real vestige of its Yankee past was at 2 upper-class private schools.
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