U.s. Workforce During The 1920s Essay

1110 Words Dec 8th, 2015 5 Pages
By the start of the 1920s, the U.S. workforce was almost equally divided between those who worked in the agriculture (40 percent) and those who did not (45 percent), including manufacturing (26 percent) and transportation (19 percent). By the end of the decade, 51 percent of the Mexican population lived in urban areas. The increased visibility of Mexicans in the southwestern cities set off racist behavior among Europe-Americans. At the same time, differences emerged within the Mexicans community from different generations, classes, birthplaces, and assimilation patterns: these differences impacted how Mexicans responded to the majority society.
The growth of Mexicans and their move to cities put them in harm’s way, and in clear view of the nativist. During the 1920s, many business leaders continued the line that to criticize business was un-Americans from the reality of growing economic, political, and social inequality. They were successful until everything trembled down in 1929. Between 1900 and 1910, almost 1 million immigrants entered the United States annually. The new immigrants differed from the earlier arrivals from the British Isles and northern Europe.
Most of the newcomers were southern and central Europeans, who were physically and culturally different. The older WASP (white Anglo-Saxton Protestant) population, who considered themselves the “real Americans,” panicked and initiated a campaign based on fear to put a brake on immigration. Xenophobe set out to…

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