Rise of Immigration

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Keianni Williams
AP U.S History

Throughout the years 1880 through 1925 the United States witnessed a rise in immigration. Industrialization provided greater opportunities for Americans. America’s gilded age gave off the illusion of a utopian society. The visions of such society attracted many foreigners from parts of Europe and Asia. Though these foreigners helped with the expansion of the U.S, economic, political, and social tensions arose. These tensions included scarcity of jobs for natural-born citizens, American suspicion of European communism, and the immigrant resistance to Americanization. In response the government implemented different measures such as the immigration act of 1924, the emergency quota act and the ban of contract laborers to control problems and lower possibility of war.

As immigration increased, Americans felt hostility towards the new incomers. This was because many Americans were forced to compete for jobs. Since the immigrants were willing to do hard labor for cheap pay, business owners would hire them over an American. On the other hand, Americans who were already employed were forced to work for the low pay due to the U.S. dropping the wages in order to keep equality. This also had great affect on the use of labor unions such as the AFL because it was easier to compromise with the foreigners who needed work, limiting the effectiveness of the unions to bargain with employers. Other tensions include the immigrant resistance to conform. Document G supports the fact that Americanization caused a great race between old immigrants and new immigrants. It states that the Anglo-Saxon branch of America see their selves as far more superior than the Jewish and European Catholic groups who were coming to the U.S. Thoughts such as these caused social tensions dealing with religion. While the Russian revolution was ending in Europe the rise of communism occurred. According to secondary sources, labor unions looked at...
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