´Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.´ the inscription on the Statue of Liberty states. And, for decades, Lady Liberty, mother of exiles, stood watch as millions of immigrants arrived in the U.S. in hope of a better life. The impact of mass immigration on the U.S. can now be seen on a census map charting the ancestry of the 317 million people who call it home today. Although the 2010 census left out questions about ethnicity, this map shows how it looked in 2000, according to Upworthy. By far the largest ancestral group, stretching from coast
If you study genealogy, you know that many of the original settlers to the mid-Atlantic states migrated south and west. Thus, the "American" band, from Virginia through Kentucky, Tennessee, Arkansas and Texas likely has roots back to the first 100 years of colonization. The actual ethnicities have been lost over the generations, but are likely mostly English, with smatterings of French Huguenots and Germans. 19th century immigrants typically came in through the port of New York and migrated through the northern part of the country, spreading across the Midwest.
Always interesting but the chart shows the largest identifiable group, but the second most identifiable is equally interesting, as is the third, fourth and so on.
Buried under those "heavy German" stats are the Welsh, Cornish, Breton, Manx, Galicians and Scots ~ certainly ´nationalities´ in their own right, but not recognized as such, but those folks almost never respond ´English´. And speaking of them, even they are buried by the statistical tricks!
The "American" respondents in the Souf´ are undoubtedly of predominantly Celtic origins and if they discovered Sassanach blood in their systems would pull their dirks and slit a vein to let it out ~ if that could be done!
When you do genealogy you discover all sorts of things. Although most of my family´s earliest progenitors came from Europe in the 1500s, the greatest and most predominant genetically, came from the Sapma in the 1600s, which isn´t even a country, likely to never be a country, and among the cousins ~ near and distant ~ virtually unrealized.
Sicilianos have a similar problem ~ although racially and culturally far different than the Italians, I see that they are buried under the Italian ID in Jersey, and that just ain´t right!
Earlier posters are correct about where original emigrants migrated and why. I recommend "Albion´s Seed" by David Hacketr Fischer for understanding the "folkways" of how our country was settled and by whom.
#6, many in the industrial areas of England (and Wales) were converted to Mormonism and emigrated to the United States. A branch of my maternal grandmother´s family (Buck) emigrated to the US somewhere around the late 1800s and settled in Utah.
Both Mitt and Ann Romney have British Mormon ancestors from the same period.
#14, the French in Louisiana are mostly descended from the time when the Spanish sold Louisiana to the French (around 1760, as I recall). When the US bought Louisiana (1803 Louisiana Purchase), the French immigrants were by then so entrenched and xenophobic that they refused to sell property on the heavily settled side of Canal Street. Thus, the French Quarter (Vieux Carre) was born. The English and native-born Americans thus built the Garden District and much of the Uptown Area along St. Charles Avenue.
The other French ancestors in Louisiana were Cajuns (Acadians) who were exiled from Acadia in Canada (the 18th century "Great Expulsion" by British colonials and New Englanders). Many still speak 17th century French as well as Cajun-American English. Later, some of the Acadians returned to Canada and settled in New Brunswick.
The original French ate what is now known as Creole cuisine, developed by the French and their African and Caribbean cooks. The Cajuns are said to trap or shoot and eat anything that moves.
I do note that most of those who consider themselves "American" are in the Old South. It is interesting how 150 years after the Civil War, that it is the South, not the North, where the populace generally consider themselves "American."
I am like other native born Texans and would answer the question as "Texan." I simply point out that the last country my family lived in before becoming Americans was The Republic of Texas.
My husband filled out our census forms and he put "American." He is not native Texan and his family is of German/Swiss descent, migrating from the western PA and eastern OH area.
I´m German, french, English, Irish, Dutch and Italian. That pretty much makes me an "American". Or as my mother would say "Heinz 57".
I took some pride in my European heritage until I lived in Italy for a while. It was there that I discovered that "American" has become its own ethnic group. I couldn´t pass for anything but American in Europe. Additionally.... American Blacks can´t pass for African either. One can tell which country or tribe African blacks come from just like one can tell what country a European has come from. (of course the lines blur more and more every day) Even the black/white/brown/yellow/red lines are blurring.
I don´t see this as a good or bad thing. It just is. Humanity has spread throughout the planet and humans are less and less inclined to marry/breed with members of their own faith or ethnicity. In some future time, any pure blood ethnic or racial group will be an endangered species.
#s 14, 17, 20 ~ when my surveying ancestors drew the line between Virginia and Acadia for the then Spanish owners (1599) in preparation for the Treaty of London 1604 that line was drawn from the tip of Cape Cod due West along what is now the Pennsylvania/New York border.
Notice that THEN MA was part of Acadia as was a lot of NY, and lower NY, CT, RI and Plymouth Plantation would end up as part of Virginia!
They also drew a line between VA and NC to the Souf ~ at that time between Virginia and CAROLANA, a Spanish princess´ name.
Canada didn´t exist as a country until the 1800s, technically 1900s with the Act of Dominion which included the separate Labrador etc.
The Acadia from which the Cajun´s were drawn was never part of a nationstate called Canada! It was, in part, owned/claimed by both France and Scotland ~ it included most of today´s New York and New England!
Sapma (spelled various ways) is the Sa´ami/Laplander home territory. It is located in the North of Norway, Sweden, Finland and the Kola Peninsula. There were still 12 tribes at the time of the deportations to America ~ and to the Carpathians (during the period of the Swedish Empire) to do hard rock mining. They left about 1810 as the Czar moved into the Carpathians and recovered that area, plus Slovakia, for Russian influence although that was just a personal possession. Those Sami went to America.
Forgive the double post, but I wanted to add that there´s an Oktoberfest around here every year, and there´s a different ethnic background honored each night: Irish night, Italian night, Latin night, etc., never mind that Oktoberfests are German.
In June 2013 the doors of cell block A suddenly swung open in the Turner Guildford Knight Correctional Centre in Miami, Florida. And block B. In fact, every cell door in the prison. The reason? A computer malfunction. The prison had recently linked its security locks to the internet. More and more things are going online, most worryingly our "critical national infrastructure"--a technical term for what essentially means "if it breaks we’re all f–––––"--water systems, power grids, telecommunications, banking services. Connectivity makes them vulnerable to disruption too: from hackers, from serious criminals who are increasingly inching online, from hostile foreign
Fatih Birol is one of those people who run the world without the man in the street ever having heard of them. From a discreet office in Paris, he keeps an ever-sensitive finger on the world´s pulse. [Snip] In 2007, he was among the first to spot that China´s emissions of greenhouse gases were about to overtake America´s--a key factor in world talks on climate change. Last year, he made another striking prediction: he forecast the eclipse of an unchallenged energy giant. Saudi Arabia would shortly be overtaken as the world´s biggest producer of crude oil by its most important
Tens of thousands of pharmacists, bus drivers and bank staff are being trained to recognise the signs of dementia as part of a “front-line force” against the disease. [Snip] Jeremy Hunt, the Heath Secretary, said “every section of society” must “step up” to help tackle the illness, which affects 800,000 people in the country. “Britain’s biggest companies will build up a front-line force of thousands of people able to spot the signs of dementia and understand the needs of sufferers, helping people with the disease to live a normal life for longer,” Mr Hunt told The Daily Telegraph.
Three damning reports last night laid bare the crisis in NHS hospitals, maternity units and GP surgeries. One investigation revealed that a quarter of new mothers were abandoned by their midwives during labour, with some left to give birth on the floor or in corridors. The second found that mistakes deemed so serious they should never happen are being made in hospitals five times a week. And the third survey said thousands of patients have all but given up trying to secure appointments with their family doctor. The reports come only a day after the NHS watchdog detailed a catalogue
For Syria’s beleaguered moderate rebels, 2013 has been a year of disillusionment and crushed hopes: hopes that the US would follow through on promises of arms in the spring; hopes that US, French, and British missiles would shatter Assad’s military forces in the summer; and hopes that they could survive in between Assad’s murderous forces on one side, and Islamist and jihadist rivals on the other. Syria’s moderate rebels are collapsing. Western policy, including hope for next year’s peace talks, is crumbling with them. This week, the US and Britain suspended non-lethal aid--such as communications equipment and trucks
Congress´ top GOP watchdog is warning the secretary of Health and Human Services to stop instructing contractors behind healthcare.gov not to talk to Congress about the project. House Oversight and Government Reform Committee chair Darrell Issa, a hard-charging California Republican, told Sec. Kathleen Sebelius in a letter on Wednesday that it´s against the law to get between Congress and the companies her agency hired to work on the crash-and-burn website. [Snip] ´The federal obstruction laws reflect the fact that Congress’ right of access to information is constitutionally based,´ his letter warned,´ and critical to the integrity and
When my immigrant wife first came to Britain, it took her ages to understand our GP system. If I fell ill, I had to wait days to see the doctor. But if she felt sick, the same doctor would see her that afternoon as she was categorised as a private patient (and paid a modest £50 for the privilege). As far as she could work out, it was a Russian-style system of bribery: the official system doesn’t work, but you can bypass it with a few backhanders. Yesterday, we were shown a little more about Britain’s GP network. The Care Quality Commission looked into 920 practices and found almost a third failing to meet basic standards.
Sometimes life in the West seems hard. The trains don´t run on time, the rent is too damn high and One Direction are everywhere. Then a story comes comes out of North Korea that makes you think, "Holy crap, I´m glad I don´t live there…" North Korea has just executed Kim Jong-un´s uncle on the grounds that he is "despicable human scum". The full verdict is: Despicable human scum Jang, who was worse than a dog, perpetrated thrice-cursed acts of treachery in betrayal of such profound trust and warmest paternal love shown by the party and the leader for him.
Traces of prescription drugs have been found in far greater quantities in US drinking water supplies than previously thought, a study has claimed. A report on drinking water carried out by the Environmental Protection Agency has found samples of at least 25 different drugs, including medication to treat heart conditions, in supplies coming out of wastewater treatment plants. Medication to treat high blood pressure was not only the most commonly traced drug, but also found in the highest quantities. Health officials say that the traces of the drugs, which include over-the-counter medications such as ibuprofen and prescription drugs such as
A number of Yahoo Mail users were blocked from their email accounts on Monday night - and three days later some people are still reporting problems. The company blamed the outage on a ‘hardware problem’ in a mail data centre but didn’t expand further and then last night, CEO Marissa Mayer tweeted claiming service had been restored. However, customers responded in anger to her tweet, claiming they still couldn’t access their emails, while others who had managed to gain access complained some of their emails were missing. A number of Yahoo Mail users were blocked from their accounts on Monday,
Why did 91 heads of state and 71 so-called eminent persons fly from all the corners of the earth to attend Nelson Mandela’s memorial service on Tuesday? Most of them will doubtless have wanted to pay their respects to one of the great men of our age. [Snip] There can be jokes and laughter. But there is no room for larking about, especially if you are one of the leaders of the Free World. Larking about may scarcely cover the behaviour of President Barack Obama, Helle Thorning-Schmidt, Prime Minister of Denmark, and our own David Cameron during the memorial service.
The handshake seen ´round the water cooler was no fluke, it turns out. When President Barack Obama approached the podium at Nelson Mandela´s memorial service and made a beeline for a row of foreign leaders--stopping first to shake Cuban dictator Raúl Castro´s hand--it came after representatives from the two historically antagonistic nations had already been in talks for six months. ´[B]ehind the scenes,´ two Daily Beast national security reporters wrote on Tuesday, ´U.S. and Cuban officials have held midlevel discussions in Havana and Washington on a range of issues, including direct postal service, migration issues, disaster response, and search and
New York — The anchor who might beat Bill O’Reilly gets her eyelash extensions applied one at a time, with tweezers and dabs of glue, about 90 minutes before showtime, right after a motorized gun sprays foundation over her face, neck, shoulders, collarbone and sternum, wiping out a galaxy of light freckles that spreads across her — Let me stop you right there. Photos of the day Uruguay legalizes marijuana, Kiev police pull back from protesters, aging U.S. prison population and more. Tuesday´s Photos of the day Would you write this way about a man? About O’Reilly himself? At least that’s what Megyn Kelly might ask at
In August 2013 I became very sick with what I thought was a cold. After a few days I lost vision in my left eye and I checked into the hospital. I soon found out that what I thought was a summer cold was actually Strep bacteria poisoning my blood stream. The bacteria blinded my left eye, ate a hole through my heart, caused five strokes on both sides of my brain and forced the removal of my prosthetic left knee. Dr. Lee was the surgeon assigned to perform open heart surgery. What was originally scheduled to last four hours ended
When I was a kid, I knew two different Santa Clauses. The first had a fat belly, rosy cheeks, a long white beard, and skin as pink as bubble gum. He was omnipresent, visiting my pre-school and the local mall, visible in all of my favorite Christmas specials. Then there was the Santa in my family’s household, in the form of ornaments, cards, and holiday figurines. A near-carbon copy of the first one—big belly, rosy cheeks, long white beard: check, check, check. But his skin was as dark as mine. Seeing two different Santas was bewildering. Eventually I asked my father what
The health director who approved the release of President Obama’s birth certificate has died in a plane crash, Hawaiian officials said Thursday. Loretta Fuddy died after the Cessna Grand Caravan aircraft she was travelling on went down shortly after leaving Kalaupapa Airport at around 3:15 p.m. local time (10:15 a.m. ET) on Wednesday. The other eight people on board were rescued, Richard Schuman, president of Makani Kai Air, told NBC News early Thursday, adding that that there was no indication as to why the plane had crashed. Fuddy hit the headlines two years ago when she approved a waiver request allowing Obama to
House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) snapped at conservative groups that have come out in opposition to the budget deal reached Wednesday between Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.). "They´re using the American people for their own purposes. This is ridiculous," Boehner said at a press conference with other members of House Republican leadership on Wednesday. Over the past few days, a number of conservative groups have blasted the deal because it sets discretionary spending levels in the budget higher than previous levels under sequestration. In the past three days, the influential Heritage Action, Club for Growth, Americans
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Views of the tea party are at all-time lows in a new poll, as primary challenges to establishment Republicans continue to heat up Washington. Just 30 percent of Americans view the tea party favorably in a new Gallup poll released Wednesday, the movement’s lowest point since Gallup began polling about it during its rise in 2010. Also in a first, a majority of Americans had an unfavorable view of the tea party, at 51 percent. Similar numbers of respondents described themselves as proponents or opponents of the tea party: Twenty-two percent identified themselves as tea party supporters, while 24 percent said they
Looks like this president can’t get away with flirting in front of his wife… It appears that first lady Michelle Obama was none too pleased with the way that President Barack Obama was acting toward Denmark Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt during a ceremony honoring Nelson Mandela, and before too long, they switched seats. This lmao! Michelle Obama vs Prime Minister of Denmark at Mandela´s ceremony. pic.twitter.com/Rq4uF9fTaZ — Stun (@TheBlogPirate) December 10, 2013
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If you go down on the ice today you´re sure of a big surprise - a rare glimpse of 20 polar bears gorging on a bloody midnight feast. These photographs show a rare cluster of males, females and cubs all dining out on the remains of a whale carcass. They spent a night and a day stripping every last morsel from the mammoth sea creature. Usually Polar bears are solitary and would never tolerate being so close to each other. But with food in plentiful supply and bellies dragging on the floor they seem too lethargic to fight.Wildlife photographer Michal
The Sexiest Man Alive is being enlisted to spice up Obamacare. Pop singer Adam Levine, who won the designation from People magazine last month, is among the celebrities who’ll be promoting enrollment in online health insurance exchanges as part of a social media campaign kicking off tomorrow. With enrollment totals behind administration projections after the botched start-up of the federal exchange, 17 state exchanges joined by an advocacy group are drawing on Obama administration allies in entertainment and sports to promote sign-ups, using social media such as Facebook and Twitter. Reprising a tactic President Barack Obama successfully employed in his 2012 re-election, organizers