Essay On Immigration During The Progressive Era

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Immigration in The United States during the progressive era resulted in an essential transformative period during American history. The United States was a beacon of hope for immigrants looking for prosperity and a fresh start. However, during the years 1880 through 1925, important transformations within the American economy occurred there were important such as the successful and lucrative industrialization and tensions arose regarding the government’s negative feelings and toward the large flow of immigrants and new cultures.
Once the frontier was closed and became irrelevant as the United States settled, there was an illusion of hope for people immigrating to the US. These immigrants arrived to the US in waves, and were called “old immigrants”
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Many cities on the east coast were undergoing immense change because of technological advancements and an explosion of money and new jobs. Immigrants were able to seize many of the new factory jobs and filled factories because they were willing to work for less money. However, due to problems concerning labor, jobs and the distribution of work; people believed that there was a need for reform and management for the amount of immigrants in the workforce because the immigrants were outnumbering the Americans in the working class. Nativism is the policy of promoting the needs of the native population over the needs of the immigrant population. Many Americans were worried that the immigrants would take over the jobs and there would not be enough jobs to go around. When it came to cheap labor, it was normally difficult to supply. However the unskilled immigrants came to the United States looking for jobs greatly helped the factories and industrialization of American cities. The financial crisis produced a large number of unemployed Americans due to immigrants taking over all of the jobs. However, these immigrants helped to make the businesses and the factories more money because they were willing to work for lower wages. This resulted in a demand for reform surrounding the rules concerning the distribution of jobs. A report from the Commission General of Immigration states that the best results come from …show more content…
The fact that “the sons of Irish exiles and immigrants” could be involved in important Boston political affairs. This was important because it shows how the kin of the disadvantaged could begin to rise to the top and normalize immigrants in crucial positions (Doc F). The political cartoon in Document H shows the beginning of regulating what 3% of immigrants were “allowed” to move to the United States and which ones did not. The cartoon shows a large crowd of people inside of a sieve to filter out who could come and who couldn’t due to whatever regulations and restrictions based on the person or their nationality/race. On the other hand, certain races and types of people were prioritized and put on a higher level in society. Americans took note of specific characteristics that they believed were more desirable than others. A perfect example of this favoritism is the American opinion of the Nordic “race”. In The Passing of the Great Race, Madison Grant says that “the nation must chiefly depend [on the Nordic people] for leadership, for courage, for loyalty, for unity, and harmony of action… and devotion to an ideal” (Doc G). This example and glorification of a certain “breed” of immigrants is counteractive to the norm of shunning and putting down immigrants for their

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