Immigration has been a controversial issue in America for nearly all of the nation’s existence. Since virtually all Americans have immigrated from one place or another either recently or in the past, cultural intolerance has and always will be an issue of confusion for many. Although a majority of immigration to America and the Fox Valley occurred before the middle of the twentieth century, issues regarding the practice still are prevalent today.
When Appleton was first settled during the nineteenth century, the masses who arrived shared virtually no similarities to each other, outside of the fact that they were primarily white. Even under such conditions, where the immigrating masses shared the same skin color, problems still arose between those who considered themselves to be natives of the new nation, and those who were new arrivals (see prohibition background information). Virtually all were looking for a new place to live in order to secure a better means of life. Today’s immigrants share the same dream. MORE
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Newspaper page "The Hmong Migration," Appleton Post-Crescent, August 29, 2004.
Newsletter (excerpt), St. Therese Parish, June 4, 2006.
Newspaper article "Hispanic Community Gravitates to Appleton's St. Therese Parish," Appleton Post-Crescent, December 12, 2004.
Newspaper article "State Asian, Hisapnic Populations on the Rise," Appleton Post-Crescent, September 18, 2003.
Newspaper article "Census: Hispanic Population grows in Fox Valley," Appleton Post-Crescent, October 2, 2004.
Poster "Latino Link Scholarship Awards Banquet," April 29, 2006.
Newspaper article "Refugees Carry Lessons of Hardships, Survival," Wisconsin Gannett Newspapers, August 28, 2004.
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