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Indianapolis: A City of Immigrants

Indianapolis: A City of Immigrants
By M. Teresa Baer

The booklet opens with the Delaware Indians prior to 1818. White Americans quickly replaced the natives. Germanic people arrived during the mid-nineteenth century. African American indentured servants and free blacks migrated to Indianapolis. After the Civil War, southern blacks poured into the city. Fleeing war and political unrest, thousands of eastern and southern Europeans came to Indianapolis. Anti-immigration laws slowed immigration until World War II. Afterward, the city welcomed students and professionals from Asia and the Middle East and refugees from war-torn countries such as Vietnam and poor countries such as Mexico. Today, immigrants make Indianapolis more diverse and culturally rich than ever before.



Softcover, 70 . Indiana Historical Society Press, . ISBN 978-0-87195-299-8.

About the author
M. Teresa Baer is the managing editor of family history publications at the Indiana Historical Society Press. She publishes The Hoosier Genealogist: Connections magazine, online publications, and family history and children’s books, including immigration and ethnic histories.


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