As America entered the Gilded Age, its urban population grew, nativists resisted minorities, government corruption was rampant, and immigrant populations increased substantially (Shi and Tindall 626-644). Government corruption was exemplified by the patronage system, under which loyal supporters of politicians were given government jobs (Shi and Tindall 641). Most of the immigrants from this period were from southern and eastern European countries, such as Russia, Poland, Greece, and Italy, and were judged as inferior by many Americans because of their cultural differences (Shi and Tindall 630). Immigrants also caused tension during WWI because of their lingering loyalties to nations on either side of the conflict (Chapter 21 Overview).
Don’t Fear the Noble Death Thesis: Claude McKay’s If We Must Die encouraged African Americans to take their stance in society, send a statement to their oppressors, and have no fear of an insignificant death. The Red Summer of 1919 brought intense racial violence in the United States between white Anglo-Saxon and African Americans. Many white Americans believed that blacks, along with immigrants threatened their way of life. The men who went off to fight in World War I, along with the Great Migration of the South created a bigger black population in northern cities.
The increasing social tension caused class conflict way greater than the one in Greek society. Over time the Republic declined because of ambitious individuals battling for power. Even when the crisis of the Republic was noticed by the Tiberius Gracchus who would make an attempt to redistribute the land, he was assassinated by conservatives. Then his brother, Gaius tried to introduce land reforms and extend citizenship but the Senate ordered his
America’s fear of communism stretched beyond the western hemisphere; the Domino Theory became popular in the 1960s as the Vietnam War was increasingly seen as a threat to democracy in Asia. The Domino Theory is the belief that a communist victory in one nation would start a “chain reaction of communist takeovers in neighboring states. ”(Domino Theory) In the Vietnam War, this theory was used as a justification for American involvement. Communism, as understood by the American people, was a threat to peace and liberty.
World War 1 and the collapse of the 1929’s national economy was referred to the “Roaring Twenties.” The “Roaring Twenties” will be a time of change socially, politically, and culturally due to urban and rural values, science versus religion, and the red scare. Red Scare is being afraid of everything with “ism” except for capitalism
World War I was finally over, however, there was a new threat to Americans. The fear of invasive Communist ideals began to grow rapidly in the United States. Communism is, in Democratic views, a terrible and oppressive way to govern a country. As the United States has always been a democracy, it is easy to understand the great fear of the American people. This widespread terror was known as the Red Scare.
Furthermore, tens of thousands of detained undocumented immigrants face deportation, await sentencing and though the policies of Trump become a greater target for American racial discrimination. What is not discussed, however in any of these poems is the direct impact of the school-to-prison pipeline, which continuously impacts social and economic disparities in communities often heavily populated by black and brown people. Perhaps these statistics are reassuring to some, but the hyper-incarceration plaguing America has had a damaging effect on society at large. (Khalek
As immigration from other countries into the United States grew, conflicts of culture have been a prominent issue that have affected immigrants, resulting in cultural alienation. This sense of isolation has been established and enforced by the white Americans, dating back to the early 1900’s, due to the beginning of non-European immigrants coming to America. In the two excerpts from Bless Me, Ultima and The Buddha in the Attic the speakers are people who have experienced immense cultural isolation from other cultures where they are not accepted. In Bless Me, Ultima, the speaker talks about how he was publicly ridiculed by teachers and other children in his class, alluding to how many immigrant children have felt when their culture is not accepted
Immigration and The American Dream Immigrants from the mid 19th century and early 20th century consisted of mainly Southern and Eastern Europe, Asia, and elsewhere. Immigrants motivations, experiences, and impacts shaped what an immigrant had to go through being a different person from another country. Although Americans dislike foreigners who came to the United States, immigrants had a role in political, economic, cultural, and social aspects of immigrants because of their motivations, experiences, and impacts in America. New Immigrants did not have it easy and went through obstacles natives, political figures, bosses and others had thrown at them.
Whether by choice, by necessity, or both, they are also Americans." Americans have been constantly fed fear from policymakers and the media. Especially with this current election, we have been told that immigration "present a significant threat to national security and public safety", yet, the census data shows men ages 18-49, immigrants were one-half to one-fifth as likely to be incarcerated as those born in the United States. The media also only portrays the negatives of immigration, instilling fear to the viewer while demoralizing innocent immigrants. If the media portrays the good, showing the humanization of immigrants, viewers wouldn't be as instilled with fear.
Coupled with these distorted examples, Buchanan uses strong and impassioned examples explaining how diversity has formerly failed Americans. At one point, Buchanan listed atrocities committed by Americans through the years attempting to channel an emotional response from the reader. Buchanan lists “The war between the States was about race. Reconstruction was about race. Segregation was about race” (600).
During the Cold war, between Union of Soviet Socialist Republics(USSR) and the United States, fear of communism had increased drastically. Americans feared that communists were working inside their Government and inside their country to change their way of living, This new found fear was called the Red Scare. The Red Scare had spread so quickly people accused their neighbors and friends to be communists. Soon enough even the government was deemed untrustworthy. When someone would verify that they were not communist or inform the Government of suspicious communist activity, they were considered friendly.
Their lobby spends money on direct lobbying to candidates, campaign contributions, and in assisting in drafting legislation. The result of these efforts has led to laws such as the three-strike rule in California, anti-illegal immigration legislation, and increased immigration enforcement (Cohen 2015). These policies are inherently malicious and most harmful to minorities while attempting to keep as many people in prison as possible in a bid to generate more revenue to keep their shareholders happy. As such, the elimination of private prisons would effectively destroy their lobby, removing their influence over legislation that feeds off racial
After the Holocaust (1930-1940’s), America underwent a drastic cultural and social change. The Holocaust, although occurred overseas sent shock waves through American culture, changing the way we lead our daily lives. America was drastically changed in the wake of the tragic events that transpired in Germany. The Holocaust, although being an international event, had a profound impact on American Culture, affecting its stance of interventionism, and our willingness to bring certain immigrants to our country. The widespread immigration to America that followed the Holocaust also provided a jolt to our culture, as the immigrants provided new facets of our society.