Johnathan Richardson DBQ Immigration 3B In the period from 1880 to 1925 the U.S. had millions of immigrants pour into America from all over the world for a variety of reasons. The U.S. government had two outlooks on the situation during this time period. The American people did not agree on the immigrants flowiing into America at such a high rate but as time went on the American.nto the other side of the political spectrum. Many of these theories were based off of racism and the feeling of Anglo-Saxon Supremecy. In 1880 U, S. Congress passed the Chinese exclusion act this act prohibited all Chinese Immigration into the United States, The Chinese were excluded from entering the U.S. because of their willingness to work for less money.
One major cause of the growing strain between traditional and modern ideologies was the growing gap between socioeconomic classes. Many groups, like the farmers and urban workers, were left out of the middle-class prosperity of the decade. Other groups were culturally excluded. The 1920 census was the first in which more people lived in the cities than on farms. These people insisted on reforms that they felt would return them to “normalcy”, like immigration restrictions and prohibition.
Since a lot of people wanted lower immigration numbers the congress passed the immigration act which decreased the numbers of immigrants from 800,000 increase in a single year to 300,000. Although the number of immigrants had decreased dramatically there was still much hatred among the different ethnicities especially towards the African Americans. This triggered the creation of the Klu Klux Klan also known as the KKK. The Klan began in 1915 for the reason that they wanted America to be filled with people who were just like them. This was led by protestant Americans trying to get America the way it used to be.
While some Americans were pouring their money into the economy, the government was doing very little to fix the problems of unemployment. Unemployment rates had increased by the end of 1920. The unequal distribution of wealth and income made the economy very vulnerable. High tariff barriers disabled trade between the United States and other countries. America was forced to extend credit to ever extended nations in order to keep trade alive.
The article “No Babies” by Russell Shorto discusses how the population in Europe is drastically decreasing because the low birth rate and higher death rate. He discusses how the birth to death rate is very unbalanced as well, which is a result of the declining population. European culture is feared be lost due to the fact that the majority of the European population is mainly made up of older generations and few younger. In the article Population “7 Billion”, Robert Kunzig discusses how the population worldwide is increasing drastically. He discusses that although the population is growing, our planet may not have all the resources it needs to accommodate the growing population.
John majors government came into office after the downfall of Margret Thatcher, which ultimately created divisions within the party. Not only did the party suffer from the internal conflict but also faced the problems of the recession after the ‘Lawson boom’. In order to stabilise the economy he joined the ERM getting a good deal but ultimately resulting in ‘black Wednesday’ causing Major to raise interest rates to 15%. This was political suicide and he soon lost the support of the press we had once relied so much on to get re-elected in 1992. The housing market also plummeted leading to negative equity, which the majority of the working class could not afford resulting in the repossession of their houses combined with the drastic increase in unemployment Britain was in a mess.
Michael chambers September 8th, 2012 ENG-106 Sandi Greene Immigration Control Immigration control does not mean no immigrants, in actuality it should read, illegal immigration control. This hot topic needs looking at carefully, because immigrants do a lot for this country and if they were to all be deported, then parts of the economy of this great nation would decline even more and quicker than it is currently. We hear many stories of how immigrants are taking jobs away from the legal residents and speculation as to how much better life would be for its citizens if those that are here illegally would not take all the jobs and send the money out of the country. From the surface, this looks exactly like that. The economy of the United States is currently in a recession, if not depression.
In 1929, experts started to sell their shares heavily before the values fell even further. Eventually, everyone wanted to sell their shares but nobody was buying. This led to complete collapse of prices and thousands of investors lost millions of dollars. Tariffs – Due to America putting Fordney McCumber Tariffs on European goods, Europe responded by also putting tariffs on American goods so US business men found it hard to sell goods to European
Restriction of Entry & 3 Acts Restriction of Entry: As the numbers of immigrants to the USA continued to rise at an increasing pace, some of the American population began to resent the American governments ‘Open Door Policy’. Originally the immigrants had originated from northern and western Europe – Britain, Ireland and Germany (these countries were said to have the ‘WASP’ qualities which Americans wanted to populate their country with). Between 1900 and 1914 13 million immigrants had arrived, mainly from southern and eastern Europe – Italy, Austria-Hungary, Russia, Poland and Greece. Reasons why some Americans took dislike to these immigrants was because: * They were often poor * Many were illiterate * Most could not speak English (the native language of America) * Many were Catholics or Jews and had a very different religious and cultural background to those in America * The traumas of the First World War and the fear of communism frightened Americans As a result the US Congress passed three acts to limit immigration, each act was stricter than the last one and immigrants had to pass all three to gain the right to emigrate to America. Literacy Test (1917): Many of the immigrants who had to pass the series of tests were poor, particularly those from eastern Europe who had received little or no education, they all had to pass a group of tests on literacy to prove they could read and write.
Many Americans did not trust these new business ideas and the “Sherman antitrust act” came into play. Small business owners and farmers felt like they were being pushed around and treated unfairly by these corporations. The next issue that people had with business was the new labor laws. People were working outrageous hours, in unsafe areas, and on top of that getting paid vey low wages. The working citizens expressed their need for the government to interject into the issues and