Americans had rarely accepted outsiders as equals, and that was the case with immigrants coming to the U.S in the 1840s to the 1920s. A time in America where immigrants were not considered inferior to native white Americans did not exist. The hatred of anything non-American, especially with the coming of World War I in 1914, would only cause more Americans to despise immigrants. Part of this was rooted simply in racism, which existed towards groups other than African Americans, but much of it was simply that Americans considered themselves the chosen people while everyone else was below them. Thus, despite immigrants being accepted into America, those immigrants were still treated far worse than white citizens between the 1840s and 1920s, for the prejudice against them was obvious even in the laws created.
America was defined by making less than a certain amount of money each year, which was determined by the government (BBC). The masses were indifferent to the amount of people impoverished, proving the mindset of false prosperity. The preconceived notions that the U.S. economy would be unimpaired were soon disproved by the Great Depression. People who were impoverished were getting loans, and buying luxury items (Facts). This lifestyle of believing in the false prosperity and not realizing the problems during the 1920’s of America caused people to suffer more.
Freedom, new jobs, and cheap land were a few things that lured them into New York. It started when the Great Railroad Strike of 1877 was set in motion. It was random people who began to strike destroying property. The people were furious about what had happened in 1873 worried about the depression that was coming. Wages were being cut off and Americans would not accept it and acted by walking off their jobs.
The 1920s carried much change in society. Some of these changes were more rights for women, jazz music, and prohibition. The people of the 1920s were disillusioned by society lacking in idealism and vision, sense of personal alienation, and Americans were obsessed with materialism and outmoded moral values (The Roaring Twenties).Cultural changes were strongly influenced by the destruction of World War I ending 1918. America needed to recover and with it youth rebelled against the norms of the older generations.
During the 20th century numerous communist countries such as the Soviet Union experienced a periods of despondency because of their crumbling economies and citizen’s diminished quality of life. Meanwhile the capitalist countries, such as America, were in a time of great opportunity; this was due to a fairly stable economy, fueled by a successful exportation market. The standards of living increased along with developments in
The 1920s, commonly referred to as the “Roaring Twenties”, is generally viewed as a time period of economic prosperity and extravagant living. However, these stereotypes were not the reality for many Americans and such illusions hid the deep cultural conflict that was bubbling beneath the surface. New, liberal ideals began to rise to the surfaces that conflicted with the traditional, conservative beliefs held by many Americans. The 1920s became a “cultural battlefield”, to quote Professor Mintz, with people clashing over such issues as immigration, alcohol, race, and evolution. A “cultural civil war” ensured as some supported the resulting “liberation” from America’s past, while others objected to the “decaying” morals that supposedly accompanied such changes.
I. “My brother and I were no longer safe in the city. They heard that in the country side, there might not be so much danger from the Natzi’s” (Page 11) In this quote, Anita explains how in the city they were in, it wasn’t safe anymore because of everything that the Natzi’s were doing to the Jews. Since in the country side, it’s always more quiet, they began to assume that maybe it would be more safe for them over there.
In Fitzgerald’s novel The Great Gatsby, the perceptions and actions of people were altered because of events from one of the rowdiest periods in American history. The time period in which this novel was written was in the 1920s, which revealed the time of bad manners, new riches , and poverty for the lower classes. The reasons for this change in the younger generation is the fact that World War one recently ended and created a time of opportunity to go from rags to riches such as the case of Gatsby. Yet, this wasn't the story for everyone as seen in the characters Myrtle and Wilson.
History is really amazing, but it can be horrifying to, the incident that occurred between the years 1877 and 1945 shows how horrifying and judgmental we can be towards each other. America is a place where people like immigrants seek for a better lifestyle away from their home countries, but when they get here it is far from better. In some incidents, you can say justice had been served, but with some justice were treated unfairly by others. People losing their life’s because of the judging of other people. The united stated between the year of 1877 and 1945 did not live up to Emma Lazarus ' poem engraved on the statue of liberty which is supposed to symbolize warm and welcoming signal of hope, but instead gave immigrants and native American
Between 1910 and 1930, African Americans migrated from the rural South to the urban North in search of better economic opportunities and as a means of escaping the racism of the South, but they were disillusioned with what they encountered. To begin, African Americans still experienced racism—segregation, profiling, and unjust law enforcement—In the North, though it was more subtle. As a result, blacks were forced into lower-paying jobs than whites. Thus, while the northern white, middle-class population grew wealthier during the post-WWI economic boom and were moving to the suburbs, blacks and other poor, working-class groups were left in the cities, the state of which grew progressively
In the nineteenth century, the United States was regarded for being the land of opportunity and shelter for immigrants. For many immigrants, the promise of not having to withstand the pressures of political, economic, and religious persecution in Europe helped boost thousands of people to come to the coast of Staten Island. Despite what the Americans conceived their roles towards immigrants to be, the perception of the immigrants to the real story of how they survived in America does not support the claim that America is a land of opportunity and shelter. The Russian Jews that emigrated had a different approach to the fulfillment of liberties promised by promotional books, such as Where to Emigrate and Why.
Mostly, it 's that white, rich upperclassman statements about us “being free” was a grammatical error because we can 't be free, if no one wants to support or give justice to our racial issues that been going ever since 1619. The federal racial categories have changed over time, in part reflecting the changing conception of race in the United States. The government standards are not always consistent with scholarly concepts of race or with concepts held by individuals and groups; as a result, it may be difficult to obtain data on race and ethnicity
What most Americans don’t see is that just as them these people come seeking for the American dream looking for a better life, better education, and better safety that is lacked in one 's’ native country. It is true that the first or old immigrants to this country were the founders the ones that started everything but this doesn 't mean that the rest that come are not willing to continue to make this country grow and continue to be prosperous as it has been and as it has progressed over time. Differently many of the new immigrants and some that even come as refugees come from extremely different parts of the world which are very different to the places to the originality of the old immigrants (Grambs). There are problems in the people that have to do with adjustment, where the “old” immigrants have trouble accepting. As Grambs explains that the insensitivity that the old immigrant experience and is often remembered through family gatherings and showed in literature in which the wounds are revealed and are seen still keep hurting.
Polish immigrants did not seem to face the same struggles the Asian population had to endure, I believe this is due to the fact that they were European immigrants, nevertheless they still encountered hardships. During the 1890s polish immigrant was the highest level, and this caused some problems for American citizens and they became intolerant towards the immigrants. Some returned to their homeland, while it made other immigrants fight harder and rely on each other, They formed many groups, such as the Polish Union, the Polish National Alliance, the Polish American Congress, and even the Polish Roman Catholic Union. I think some of the Americans were under the impression more would return home, but that wasn’t the case (Asian American History
The article, “Immigrant Crimes: Cultural Defense--a Legal Tactic” by Myrna Oliver is published in the Los Angeles Times. The author’s purpose was to evaluate the use of cultural defense on actions that we, as American believed that it’s morally wrong. Oliver uses different examples and testimonies to display the effective use of culture defense to justified behaviors that violates American laws. The article argues that cultural defense is popular among immigrants to get lighter punishments since they have different values and beliefs in their hometown.