Effects Of Immigration In The 1920s

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The immigrants that entered the United States from the 1870’s through the 1920’s proved that they were different from any immigrants that came before them. This generation of immigrants was the most diverse group of people to enter this country during this period. Not only were they from different ethical backgrounds, they practiced different religions, their rules of life were different from ours, and among many other things. While the immigrants had, a hard time living in the US, they still defeated the odds and achieved economic success in multiple institutions. Unfortunately, because these groups of people changed the dynamics of the United States, Americans took that as a threat to the social, economic, religious, political, and overall …show more content…
The discrimination would include laws passed, like the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 and Immigration Act of 1921 and 1924. Over this period the American people showed just how much of the country was nativism during this time.
The immigrants that came here during this time came from many places like, Eastern and Southern European, East Asian, Indian, and Arabic countries. People primarily travel to two geographic areas specifically, the east coast and west coast. They mainly resided in urban cities such as San Francisco in New York City. Immigrants used Angel Island as their entry into the US if they chose to come in California and they came through Ellis Island if they were coming through the state of New York. Many people had their last names changed, sometimes immigrant officials did it and sometimes immigrants changed it themselves so that their names wouldn’t be too long and they would be easier to pronounce. Most of the immigrants were Catholic and Jewish. Like immigrants before them, they settled in social enclaves. What made these immigrants different was not only different ethnic backgrounds and religions practiced, but the fact that
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Americans did not like that the immigrants were not “American” looking. They spoke different languages, practice different religions from Americans, and were having economic success and Americans felt that it was taking the way from them and their families. So, because Americans felt this way they may life even more difficult for these immigrants. So, laws soon were made to hurt and stop the success of immigrants’ laws like the immigration act of 1921 in 1924 were made to limit the number of immigrants that could enter the US every year. They did this by going back to the 1890 census in taking the number from each country and only allowing 2% of the number of immigrants from that number into the US until they met their quota. Laws like the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 stop the Chinese from entering the US period. Americans also created organizations like the Immigration Restriction League created and 1894. The league wanted the government to create quotas or even ban immigrants from entering the United States the immigrants that were already here, they wanted to put a limit on the children they could have. Not only was Americans targeting immigrants, but they were also targeting their religion as well. Before the immigrants came the US was predominantly Protestant, but that changed when the immigrants moved here. The American Protective Association, established in 1886 and one of the main things they were known for is being

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