What are the reasons that people moved to the US?

Immigration has been a critical part of the history of the United States. Throughout history, people have migrated to the U.S. for many reasons.

From the 17th to 19th century, the main reasons for immigration were:
  • Political freedom
  • Religious tolerance
  • To escape poverty and start a better life
  • Forced immigration, as part of slavery

Beginning in the early 20th century, the reasons evolved to:
  • To seek religious freedom (particularly Jews)
  • The availability of jobs in the U.S.
  • America was seen as the "land of opportunity"