Essay On Nativism And Racism

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During the1920s, there were two key concepts that dominated this era. These two key concepts were nativism and racism. Nativism is a prejudice against immigrants, and is favor of the native born members of a particular place. Nativism started due to economic recession. This led to immigrants taking jobs from the natives of this country. For example the soldiers that were in the war fighting came back and jobs were taken by immigrants. So, not only did they have to compete with other Americans but immigrants too. This problem led to racism. Racism is the belief that a certain race is superior or inferior to another. The U.S encountered many problems. Influx was one of the problems encountered and is what led to recession. Recession is the period of temporary economic decline during which trade and industrial activity are reduced. Due to all the immigration taking place nativist and racist feelings caused eugenics. Eugenics is a false science that deals with improving hereditary traits. this emphasized human inequality and warned against breeding the inferior. due to these beliefs this brought about a group known as the Klu Klux Klan or KKK. The old KKK used threats and violence to intimidate newly freed African Americans. The new KKK also targeted Catholics, Jews, immigrants, and other…show more content…
Racism instilled fear amongst those who “different” and caused segregation among a large of people. Recession led to unemployment and an increase in pricing. The Eugenics movement focused on human inequality and led to the forming of the KKK with caused major segregation, violence, and fear. The Emergency Quota Act and National Origins Act both were put in place to control immigrant and make sure America was not over populated with non

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