Key eras of popular mobility, and how these were similar to or different from each other
Outline the key eras of popular mobility, and how these were similar to or different from each other (who moved, where they moved, why they moved). What have been the implications (social, political, economic) for American history as a whole?
Popular mobility, or the movement of people within a society, has been a defining feature of American history. From the earliest European settlers to the present day, Americans have been on the move, seeking new opportunities and a better life for themselves and their families.
The following are some of the key eras of popular mobility in American history:
Colonial America (1607-1776): During the colonial era, millions of Europeans migrated to North America in search of religious freedom, economic opportunity, and land. These immigrants came from a variety of countries, including England, Scotland, Ireland, Germany, and the Netherlands. They settled in all parts of the colonies, but the most popular destinations were New England, the Mid-Atlantic region, and the Chesapeake Bay.