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Transcript of Nativism

Nativism and Limiting Immigration
What does a nativist want to do?
Nativists wanted to get rid of the immigrants, or at least limit the number of "new" immigrants coming into America.
Why didn't nativists like immigrants?
Taking jobs
working for less pay
religious and cultural differences
increasing crime
too many immigrants (overcrowding)
Chinese Exclusion Act
Immigration Act of 1917
Gentlemens' Agreement
Do you think these laws were necessary? Tell me why you agree or disagree with them.
Nativism is the belief that people born in the U.S. are better than immigrants.
Why would people dislike immigrants?
Gentleman's Agreement
The Japanese agreed to limit the number of immigrants into the U.S., while America agreed to treat the Japanese immigrants already in America fairly.
Immigration Act of 1917
This required that all immigrants be able to read or write in some language.
Laws Limiting Immigration
Xenophobia is the fear or hatred of foreigners.
Because of nativists' xenophobia, they called for laws that would limit immigration.

W- White
A- Anglo (European Ancestors)
S- Saxon (European Ancestors)
P- Protestant

These groups of people believed they were of high status.
Chinese Exclusion Act
No Chinese immigrants could enter the U.S. for 10 years. If any Chinese immigrants, who were in the U.S. before this law was made, were to leave they could not return unless they got specific documentation. It was VERY difficult to get this documentation.
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