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.
This is also a big political problem in those days because it shows us the shadiness that went on in those times. The political issues in the 1920s are very different from the political issues we have nowadays. For example, now we deal with water shortages, pension accounting rules, the emergence of new drugs that threaten the Medicaid budgets. Back then, people from the East and West Egg lived life as if nothing else mattered, again showing signs of living the “American Dream”. Those in the Valley of Ashes didn’t have the same mindset.
Before the global war started in 1939 between the Allies and the Axis, America decided to stay out of the war. It was not that long when Japans attacked Pearl Harbor on December 7 1941 making President Roosevelt declared war on the emperor of Japan. As the war progress, Adolf Hitler’s and his armies conquered many part of Europe, Asia, and Northern Africa. But at home, segregation was a problem for many African-Americans who wanted to fly as a pilots. For instance, African-American were not allowed to fight during WWII because of the Jim Crow laws and a report that came out in 1925 that says Black-men was unfit to serve in the military.
While the northern colonists sought religious freedom, Virginia’s settlers sought only wealth. They failed miserably in the first decade to even feed themselves, and it eventually survived only by developing a one-dimensional economy that depended upon the ruthless exploitation of servants and eventually thousands of Africa slaves. The founders of Jamestown wanted to create a complex and progressive colony that would integrate the Indians, offer opportunities to England’s poor, and refuse, emphatically, to imitate the Spanish Empire’s brutal use of African slaves. But their idealistic vision of the Jamestown colony proved impossible to implement. Hundreds of early Virginia settlers died during their first harsh winter, and the colony teetered
The Articles of Confederation were approved on November 1777, which left many constraints on the federal government. The people were so worried about corruption, that they left the government powerless on all affairs, including foreign relations, military, Indian issues, and interstate disputes. In addition it denied Congress the power of taxation, the states were supposed to donate money to the government, which rarely occured. Each state had only one vote in Congress, but could send as many as seven delegates or as few as two, but if they divided equally on an issue the state lost its vote. There was not a President or independent executive and no veto over legislate decisions.
In “Shutting Out the Sky”, Leonard Covello remembered before leaving Italy, “The gold you find in America will not be in the streets… It will be in the dreams you realize-in the golden dreams of the future.” as his grandmother’s last words to him. It cost a lot of money to buy a ticket to America, but even so, the boat conditions were horrible. Most people wrote, or later remembered the he people who were seasick had it the worst. The terrible boat ride to America reminded me of older accounts from
African Americans did not get civil rights nor were they considered American citizens even after the Civil War. Equality for African Americans did not get put into place after the Civil War because of Lincoln’s assassination, nobody after him would necessarily support civil rights because they either didn’t support it, or they didn’t want to show they supported it because they would have had a chance of losing office. The South also depended heavily on slave trade; most southerners didn’t just give up their slaves they had already “owned”. The Ku Klux Klan Act was an act
World War II brought emphasis to idea of abandoning ones lifestyle and starting fresh. Many Europeans vacated their homes and looked upon America as an escape. However, America was more than a stone’s throw away and many European citizens did not have the money for travel. Cities along the coastal areas of Western Europe and Northern Africa became vacant as the war proceeded. Refugees were forced to take treacherous paths and avoid militia at all costs to arrive safely at their new destinations.
A character like this would never be seen on I Love Lucy as no one wanted to see or hear about anything so abnormal as a mental illness. By incorporating African Americans and mental illness into the show, Family Matters shows how far America has come compared to where it had been, in terms of social acceptance, when the conservative I Love Lucy show was on the air. Although the acceptance of things that were once deemed unpleasant is one of the biggest changes from the 1950s to the 1990s, it was one of
All around this country churches are getting smaller and bars are getting bigger. Teenagers aren’t heeding their parents’ warnings, couples are separating, everything the founding fathers wanted for this nation is falling apart. How anyone these days can be proud to be American is far beyond me. What does it mean to be American? Nothing proud, that much is true.