This paper discusses my French heritage. It reviews the homeland, immigration and arrival in the United States, The U.S. today, Culture, and my experiences having French heritage.
Immigrants came as individuals or families seeking change or economic opportunity. The lack of group movement was due to the humane climate of France. Americans studied and emulated French culture, manners, cuisine, fashion, art, and literature. The majority of French immigrants to the United States have been Roman Catholic. There are approximately 10.4 million French people currently living in the United States. As of January 2018, the largest population of French American people are in the state of Maine. Americans of French descent have very diverse income, occupations, education, residence, age and sex; as most immigrated into America many generations ago.
France was one of the many countries that made art a major part of their life and became well known for their incredible works. Some influential artists from France include Claude Monet, Edgar Degas, and Edouard Manet. Being of French descent has never affected my life. I’ve never been affected by any French stereotypes. I hope you enjoy this review of French heritage and its relation to me. Part I. The history of French immigration to the United States involves a number of patterns. Immigrants came as individuals or families seeking change or economic opportunity. The lack of group movement was due to the humane climate of France. As a result, the number of immigrants to the United States from France has always been smaller than from other European countries. Only 18,000 people came to the United States from France between 1980 and 1988, compared to 112,000 from England and 56,000 from Germany. The rapid assimilation of French immigrants into American society ensured that few traditional customs were carried over and practiced by French Americans. Americans studied and emulated French culture, manners, cuisine, fashion, art, and literature. French Americans disseminated information and acted as role models.
French culture first gained widespread popularity in the United States in the early nineteenth century, when Americans followed the events and supported the principles of the French Revolution. Americans were greatly influenced by the revolution and gave them hope it was possible to fight the British. French chefs and restaurants bolstered the popularity of French cuisine, while the influence of French impressionists on American art became apparent. The majority of French immigrants to the United States have been Roman Catholic. This fact is so partly because Catholics form a majority in France, and partly because during colonial times only Catholics were allowed to emigrate. Descendants of the 15,000 French Huguenots who came to the United States tend to be Anglican. More recently, the United States became a refuge for French Jews during and after World War II. French immigrants have been highly successful and have made a lasting impact in the United States. Part II. The people who immigrated to the United States from France were more readily accepted than some other immigrant groups. For example, when the U.S. Congress passed a law restricting immigration in the 1920s, northern European groups received the most liberal quotas. This favored status allowed northern European immigrants to assimilate more easily into American culture. The type of individual who was most likely to leave France for the United States, moreover, had a particularly strong propensity toward assimilation.
The French adjusted without much apparent stress to American ways.” In contrast to other immigrant groups, only 12 percent of French Americans were farmers. Instead, French immigrants most often worked as professionals, clerical workers, cooks, waiters, artists, and managers.Part III. There are approximately 10.4 million French people currently living in the United States. French is the second most spoken language (after English) in the states of Maine and Vermont, and the third most spoken (after English and Spanish) in the states of Louisiana, Connecticut, Rhode Island, and New Hampshire. As of January 2018, the largest population of French American people are in the state of Maine.
People of French descent are the same as anyone from other descents, so they are hard to be categorized. Americans of French descent occupy all types of diverse jobs. Americans of French descent have very diverse income, occupations, education, residence, age and sex; as most immigrated into America many generations ago. Americans of French descent face challenges the same as most other Americans and are not singled out specifically by their French heritage. People of French descent don’t stand out as being different, and are just considered regular, primarily white, Americans.
. The aspect of French heritage that interest me most is definitely the arts. As a child, I’ve always been very interested in the arts. I’ve been creative since I could hold a crayon. As I grew, I learned to appreciate art more and more, and began to draw more and more. I’ve earned my associate degree of applied business in graphic design and multimedia design to pursue my dream of doing what I love as a career. Now I’m working for my bachelor’s degree of technical and applied studies to further my knowledge and earning in the creative field. France was one of the many countries that made art a major part of their life and became well known for their incredible works. There’re countless artists from across the globe who have shaped the art world as we know it today. However, France has been home to many of the most famous and influential painters in Western history. The revolutionary art movements such as French Baroque and Rococo style of the 17th and 18th centuries gave rise to a group of artists, later called the Impressionists, that would sculpt France’s established artistic traditions to the core and mark the beginnings of Modernism.
Modernism was a global movement in culture that started in the early decades of the twentieth century and sought a new alignment with the experience and values of modern industrial life. Some influential artist from France include Claude Monet, Edgar Degas, and Edouard Manet. Edouard Manet was one of the first 19th-century artists to paint modern life and led the transition from Realism to Impressionism. His paintings depicted nude women, which was really controversial at the time. Edgar Degas is considered a member of the Impressionist movement. Famous for his paintings, sculptures, prints, and drawings, he was especially talented at capturing the beauty of dance. Claude Monet was the father of Impressionism, since both the artistic style and the movement’s title was derived from one of his own paintings; Impression, soleil levant. He is best known for painting water lily ponds, and the French country side. By the time of his death in 1926, Monet’s works were famous throughout the world and had already influenced a new generation of artists and shaped the direction of painting in the twentieth century.
I’ve never considered my heritage. My family never talked about being French and I never really knew my grandparents or great grandparents or discussed with it anyone else in my family. My dad told me my last name used to be accented as Diné, but my ancestors dropped the accent upon arrival to the united states. Other than that, my cultural past is not something that’s a part of my family life. I don’t feel connected to French culture at all and never have, other than having a French last name. I have no idea when the Diné’s came to America, or where they used to reside other than somewhere in France. There are several stereo types about French people. Some stereotypes include that they wear berets, have poodles, east snails, smell bad, are mines, and are rude. None of these stereotypes are true. French don’t wear anything different from Americans. There’s a far better chance of seeing a French person wearing a ball cap than a beret. French people may have poodles but are no more likely to have a poodle than any other dog. French people are known for exquisite dining but eat about as much McDonalds as Americans. French people don’t smell better or worse than anyone else, that’s just a silly one. You could walk the streets of France for a decade and never see a single mime artist. Of course, there are some, but they’re not easy to find at all. French people aren’t rude either, they are just generally misunderstood because of cultural differences. I’ve never been affected by any of these stereotypes. As a twenty-two-year-old living in St. Marys, Ohio, in 2018, I don’t think anyone knows or cares that I’m French. I could have any heritage, all anyone would know is that I’m a white American. I’ve been stereotyped for other things, sure, but never for having family come over to America from France.
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