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Augustus Sherman

Ethiopian Immigrants

Until the 1970s, few sub-Saharan Africans came to the United States. Statistics show that the Africans who did immigrate were mostly white South Africans and Egyptians. Starting in 1924, restrictive immigration laws that drastically limited the number of non-European migrants allowed into the country were an effective barrier to African immigration. Few Africans emigrated at all during the colonial period (late 1880s -1960s), and those who did generally went to other African countries and to the colonial powers: France, Portugal, and Great Britain.

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