Discrimination In The 1920s Essay

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Register to read the introduction… African Americans were the first people to experience the effects of the Great Depression. The Black Shirts, a Klan-like group in Atlanta Georgia, paraded and held signs that stated "No jobs for niggers until every white man has a job." (The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow; The Great Depression). African Americans were beaten and killed because they had jobs. It was believed that whites should hold jobs, and not blacks. Anti-black violence took place in the 1920s. Lynchings increased in the South. Lynching is killing someone by hanging them. There were twenty-five race riots throughout America in 1919. Nearly 80% of African Americans lived in the South where they were disenfranchised. To be disenfranchised is to be not able to vote (Civil Rights History 3: 1919-1945). Religious differences in the US caused tension. The Chinese experienced discrimination from the government through the Chinese Exclusion Act. This act made it illegal for Chinese immigration. Chinese immigrants faced imprisonment and the risk of deportation. Due to the hard time of learning English, many Chinese people had difficulty getting higher paying jobs (Immigration in the 1920s People search). People were promised a better life in America. Instead they were faced with horrible working conditions. An old Italian saying was “I came to America because I heard the streets were paved with gold. When I got here, I found out three things: First, the streets weren’t paved with gold; second, they weren’t paved at all: and third, I was expected to pave them.” (Immigration in the 1920s People …show more content…
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