The “discovery” by the United States that Europe had inferior and superior races was a result of the large amount of immigration from southern and eastern Europe in the late nineteenth century (Brodkin, 1994). Before this wave of immigration took place, European immigrants had been accepted into the white population. However, the European immigrants who came to the United States to work after 1880 were too numerous and too concentrated to scatter and blend in. Rather, they built working-class ethnic communities in the United States’ urban areas. Because of this, urban American began to take on a noticeably immigrant feel (Brodkin,
Many nationalities came to America in hopes of a better life for them and their families. However, it was not easy time for them after arriving in America. Each nationality encountered obstacles, some more difficult than others, but in the end they each persevered. One nationality that experienced a considerable amount of difficulties were the Native Americans. There may have been over 2 million Indian people living in what is now the United States (Olson & Beal p.18).
I was a fourth grader when my dad told me that we were moving to the Unites States, “land of wealth, excitement, and fabulous cities.” But there clearly was a mistake; I was brought to the middle of nowhere in the arid region of the Hopi Native American Reservation in Arizona. Our family’s migration to the United States was not a well-planned search for lucrative opportunity, international education, freedom, or happiness. Rather, it was a call to mission. Yet I struggled to accept it, because I thought that I was only forced to follow my parents.
According to the 2012 National Survey of Latina/os, the respondents indicated that discrimination against Hispanics/Latina/os is a major problem, and it prevents Hispanics/Latina/os from succeeding in America (Pew Hispanic Center, 2012). Furthermore, Markert (2010) stated that there are specific sociocultural and sociopolitical factors that may fuel hostility towards Latina/os. Markert (2010) highlighted a popular discourse in anti-Hispanic rhetoric is the assumption of illegality among Latina/os and the assumption that Latina/os refuse to learn English may increase hostility towards Latina/os. Given the sociopolitical and social discourses around Latina/os, there has been an increase in the literature designed to understand the racially discriminatory
In the process of migration, indigenous peoples have been able to solidify their ethnic identity, which has allowed them to establish themselves and to maintain very close ties with their home communities. BY creating communities so similar to their homeland, it further promotes and strengths the bond to the indigenous homeland and increases the difference between non-indigenous and indigenous Mexicans (Salagrado 7). Although indigenous and non-indigenous Mexicans are different ethnically in many ways, they do share some similarities.
In the book Round Trip to America: The Immigrants Return to Europe, 1880-1930 author, Mark Wyman analyzes some reasons why after the mass immigration to the United States, many of immigrants made trips back to their mother country. In Wyman’s analysis, he finds patterns tied with ethnic origin, work, assimilation and more. This essay will discuss the phenomena of ‘return immigration’ and the impact it had on America, specifically with the labor movement, politics of assimilation and the rise of nativist movements while bringing forward the stories of those immigrants who went through it. Coming to America In the beginning of Round Trip to America, Wyman talks about the incentives or reasons on Europeans immigrating to America along with
The immigrant topic has had a long back and forth history with the United States. Since the beginning of this issue the next generation has adopted the common fear of outsiders that don’t look and sound like others around them. From 1900 to 1920, nearly 24 million immigrants arrived during what is known as the “Great Wave”. The outbreak of World War I reduced immigration from Europe, but mass immigration resumed upon the war 's conclusion, and Congress responded with a new immigration policy: the national-origins quota system passed in 1921 and revised in 1924(PEGLER-GORDON, ANNA).
“Our attitude towards immigration reflects our faith in the American ideal. We have always believed it possible for men and women who start at the bottom to rise as far as the talent and energy allow. Neither race nor place of birth should affect their chances” (Cotton). First Crossing: A Whole New World For two months my mother did not rest, for she was contemplating on what her next decision would be.
It was so frowned upon that my grandmother simply believed it would be easier to never teach my mother Spanish or major portions of our heritage so that she would never have to go through the difficulties of assimilating that my grandmother was exposed to as a child. Indeed, the discussions of reservation schools in the Carstarpharen text heavily drew this experience to mind in my readings of it. Indeed, much as “reservation schools were designed for cultural genocide” through “ forced assimilation” (Carstarpharen and Sanchez 2012, 96), so was a large portion of my family’s culture eradicated through expectations placed on minorities to conform to an American lifestyle. Moreover, the song “Paciencia y Fe” comes to mind when I think of the experiences of moving to America and assimilating have played in my ancestors’ lives. As the song discusses a woman’s experiences with immigrating from Cuba to New York, gradually losing her culture while assimilative orders
There was a man named John Beard who strongly voiced his opinion about immigrants, “‘One of the biggest issues is they do not want to become an American,’ Beard said. ‘They want to keep their language, their traditions. If we don 't put our foot down we won 't get it stopped”’ (Moore). When Kurt Moore, a writer of the Marion Star, interviewed John Beard, he noticed that this exemplified the view held among many Americans. They feared that immigrants changed the dynamics of the American traditions and culture.
Diversity is a topic that is very sensitive to society today unfortunately there are people out there who take it to extremes. It’s the uniqueness of an individual who are different in their own way rather it is race, ethnicity, gender, beliefs, and social standing. However, people see others who are different as an alien basically in our society. America is made up of various ethnicities, race, etc basically we are a mixed breed or a mutt, Different cultures came to America to escape the wars and fights that were going on in their country. Our country represents freedom but instead of working together we are fighting each other for being different such as enslaving African Americans.
For example, proponents would argue for immigration based on increased labor supply, while opponents argue against it based on the notion that immigrants occupy job positions that would otherwise have been filled by locals. In consideration of socio-cultural influences, opponents of immigration may exhibit aversion based on the thought that immigrants would corrupt the local culture, whereas supporters would perceive immigration as a way of enhancing American diversity for the better. Further acknowledging the multi-dimensional nature of immigration is Mohamed (299-301), who examines immigration from a political standpoint. This scholar notes that there are two principal political dimensions to immigration with the first relating to the tolerable number of
The Sociological Perspective of Immigration and Multiculturalism From the sociological angle, the issue of immigration and its effects on national identity and multiculturalism can be viewed from a completely different perspective. The current regime wars and other conflicts across the world have caused more human displacement and suffering than did World War II. Even as refugees move towards Europe, many die on their way along the Mediterranean region. Still, other suffer o their death in European soil. For socialists, solidarity with other suffering human beings is the only solution to the refugee and immigration crisis, regardless of other concerns such as national identity and multiculturalism.
It was quite interesting to study the arguments of authors coming from a variety of schools of thought. Even the authors I disagreed with I still found interesting and beneficial to my understanding of politics. Herbert Marcuse’s essay, Repressive Tolerance, was my least work covered in the latter half of the semester. His method to reduce the harmful effects of “pure tolerance” does not produce a real solution, but rather a continuation of the problem tailored to his views. Marcuse’s biased stance goes against the objective nature of tolerance, his call to be intolerant of opinions emanating from the Right is undemocratic as it undermines the views of one group in favor of another, and his method to fix the problem simply replaces the current power structure with another.
Unlike many other political thinkers, the idea of tolerance was really crucial to Marcuse. Tolerance means to be satisfied with something, that one does not necessarily agree with. In today’s world, most individuals believe that abortion should be a women ’s right.