Need for Schools

Why did the U.S. need public Schools?

Rising amounts of immigrants coming into the U.S. meant more children in need of an education. However, most immigrants had little to no money upon their travels making it impossible for them to hire a tutor or put them in a community school. (4&5) Many of these immigrants were Irish Catholics (due to the potato famine) who were perceived as slaves of the pope and criminals, so naturally, Americans were turned off by the Irish culture. Americans then turned to assimilation to tone down the severely different cultures of immigrants.

(5) Immigration statistics 1841-1860 Overwhelming amount of Irish immigrants coming to the U.S.