What Factors Precipitated And Fueled The Social Divisions Of The 1920s?

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1.What factors precipitated and fueled the social divisions of the 1920s? The Reds were a group of individuals who were fueled to overthrow American capitalism. They were many factors that fueled this and caused this "Red Scare" in America. The Americans believed that one of the factors were new immigrants from Eastern Europe bringing in radical ideas that were against the United States and its beliefs. Also many workers were being laid off since machines were replacing them along with soldiers in need of jobs. The economy was having a big problem with so many business and individuals in debt. With so much labor unrest, this caused a rise of people striking against the government the United States begin to get fear that they was a rise …show more content…
During World War 1, there were influences of jingoism and patriotism in the United States.They were intended to stir up people into believe that if they, as American citizens, loved their country, they would support the war and have people enlist. The rise of United States patriotism contributed to the Red Scare. Russia, a country fighting against the US in World War 1, resigned as they had to deal with the Russian Revolution that erupted from labor riots.United States, seeing how Communism dominated Russian, feared that it would influence them and compromise their pro-American mindset of patriotism. After World War 1 had ended, many of the soldiers came home unemployed since their jobs had been replaced. This caused tensions and worker unions to rise, similar to one in Russia. The Americans essentially thought that if Communism could take over Russia, it could take over the United States as well. The American citizens, not taking the labor riots well and having growing interest of jingoism, feared influence of other ideas and nationalities that differed from those of theirs. This is why the Red Scare began because they panicked over the threatening influence of Communism arriving in America. The United States adjusted to post World War 1 by taking drastic measures towards a threat of the Reds that they thought would impact the United States negatively. They acted in a sense to stop this change from …show more content…
For instance, the United States had a very large and growing population during the 1920s. Because the population was growing, and many people were working in factories, the consumption of alcohol increased ;workers believed that drinking alcohol was the solution to the problems they faced. This lead to the development of the 18th amendment, which prohibited alcohol because many people believed alcohol was associated with other problems. Another prevailing problem was with women 's voting rights as they, along with some minority groups, could not vote for big things like at presidency. However, it was during this time period that people began advocating for voting equality, which worked when the 19th amendment was passed. With World War 1 ending, and the rise of nativism resulting from the jingoism, people once again felt that foreigners and individuals who were trying to come to the United States should not be accepted. Americans saw that their population was increasing because of immigration, so they decided to establish a law of Emergency Quota Act in 1921 that allowed only a 350,000 of people from each ethnic group into America. The quota then eventually decreased to 150,000 slots. While, the United States faced problems, many of which relate to civil rights and individual rights, during

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