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The Immigrants 51
 

Foundations of America

QU201 Prof. Scott Leone

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The Immigrants 51

The Immigrants: An Evolving Population

There were numerous differences that caused many issues throughout the immigration movement of the Stony Creek Area.  Cultures clashed and many values were not understood or accepted by others.  On top of this, many of the immigrants did not speak English, making it that much harder to adapt to the ways of America. 

The Temperance Movement, leading up to the 20th century, was a social movement involving the abstinence of alcohol.  This controversy was occurring parallel to the time period when immigration was thriving, and a great deal of these new citizens were to blame.  The Americans believed some immigrants, such as the Irish and German, were invading protestant America with their drunken ways.  Some citizens believed the Vatican was using immigration as part of a conspiracy to take over the country.  Due to increasing poverty in the United States, many turned to alcohol for comfort.  The beating of wives from their husbands was also an effect of alcohol consumption and women began protesting for a change. However, women did not have the right to vote on temperance issues, and sadly, had to suffer the drunken abuse. Alcohol was to blame for many of society's demerits, including prostitution, crime, violent strikes, and child neglect.  The American Temperance Society was formed in 1826 and benefited from a renewed interest in religion and morality. Within 12 years it claimed more than 8,000 local groups and over 1,500,000 members.

In 1901, the Protestant Meeting House, Village Library, and Gilley's store and house had burnt down in Stony Creek.  Locals responded by creating a 20-page brochure, named "Stony Creek's Plea," to raise funds to rebuild the buildings.  Inside the brochure, numerous services were listed that the new buildings would hold.  Quarry workers, islanders, and natives all banded together to help rebuild these historic buildings.

 

References:

Deford, Deborah, ed. Flesh and Stone: Stony Creek and the Age of Granite. Stony Creek, CT: Leete's Island Books, 2000.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Temperance_movement

http://www.u-s-history.com/pages/h1054.html

 

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