Racism And Discrimination Between 1880 To 1925

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Immigration has always been a controversial issue in the United States, and even today it is still debated over by politicians. The country itself was built up from immigrants. For a small period of time from the 1880s until 1925, American had a relatively supportive and encouraging relationship with foreign immigrants because the United States was experiencing a major economic boom and the more workers available, the more prosperous the country became. However, these happy relations did not last because due to significant events like the First World War and the Red Scare caused many Americans to take on an adverse view of immigrants. From the time period 1880-1925, racism and tension steadily grew towards immigrants and the United States government …show more content…
People realized that the majority of immigrants were not seasonal workers and many wanted to actually make a living in America, therefore, many Americans felt threatened because the immigrants took many well-sought after positions from citizens. Some people believed that the lack of laws that regulated immigration and protected current labor workers was a huge problem because it allowed criminals into the country (Document C). The 1890s was the starting period when nativism began to appear in the nation because many Americans believed that the influence of foreigners on the country was negative. In 1892, Ellis Island was opened by the United States government to process immigrants coming into the country. This was a major and early step that the government took towards mediating the tensions between the immigrants and American citizens. The United States government was making an effort to appeal to the the worries of the population and the establishment of Ellis Island became a primary focus for immigrants. In addition, the Bureau of Immigration was founded in 1895 to regulate immigration. On a different note, the black population also felt that immigrants were taking their well-deserved positions in many industries and that their past loyalties to whites are unmeasurable compared to immigrants (Document …show more content…
At the beginning of the time period, the American population generally had a positive outlook on immigrants because they helped boost the economy. As time began to progress, more and more hatred began to grow because immigrants began taking jobs from citizens and therefore, Americans started to want a quota rule. Following the First World War, the effects of the war and America’s involvement in foreign affairs led Americans to retain their status of isolation once

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