The National Iron & Steel Heritage Museum
Most immigrants prior to 1865 came from northern and western Europe, specifically Ireland and Germany. They sought a better life in America and worked in the iron industry. A strong anti-immigrant sentiment existed among many Americans, who viewed immigrants as unwanted competition for jobs. They were discriminated against and portrayed as troublemakers, as shown by the cartoon above.

Illustration: Uncle Sam's Lodging House, 1882 — Library of Congress