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Immigration and Racism

1920s Assignment

Nausheen Cheese

on 27 March 2014

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“Success is somebody else's failure. Success is the American Dream we can keep dreaming because most people in most places, including thirty million of ourselves, live wide awake in the terrible reality of poverty.”
Ursula K. LeGuin quotes (American Writer best known for tales of science fiction, b.1929)
Monday, November 17, 1924
Vol XCIII, No. 311
Why did it occur?
Current Events
Anger and Jealousy
Diseases and Crime
Different thoughts
and a "revolution"
1917 - Literacy Test

May 19th 1921 - Emergency Quota Act

May 26th 1924 - National Origins Act

Page 18 "’Civilization’s going to pieces,’ broke out Tom violently. ‘I’ve gotten to be a terrible pessimist about things. Have you read The Rise of the Colored Empires by this man Goddard?’"

Page 18 "The idea is if we don’t look out the white race will be — will be utterly submerged. It’s all scientific stuff; it’s been proved." — Tom

Page 18 "[us whites] who are the dominant race" — Tom

"Nowadays people begin by sneering at family life and family institutions, and next they'll throw everything overboard and have intermarriage between black and White" Pg. 124.
A lot of racist comments comes from Tom
There was a lot of Immigration in 1920s and just as much racism
Between white and colored people
Prosperity and better future
More security
People from Europe after WWI
Better schooling for children
Live the "American Dream"
Harlem Renaissance
Why did it Occur?
Immigration Laws Passed
The Great Gatsby
Immigration and Racism
By: Nausheen, Naima, Ratal

1920's greatest wave of immigration
many europeans move to America far from poverty and oppression after world war I
American citizens concerned about loosing their jobs
immigration act of 1921
religious differences caused racism
Ku Klux Klan
Discriminatory Events
Ku Klux Klan

Tulsa Race Riot - May 31st to June 1st (1921)
Sign Found In Local Restaurants
Immigration shaped American economically and culturally
Immigrants in 1920s struggled to fit in the society
Fulfill "American Dream"
Immigrants had to deal with racism everywhere
Immigration and Racism

People immigrate for prosperity and a better future but this gives birth to a lot of racist people as they fear of a new "change" in the society .


What changes are there related to immigration and racism?
What problems did people face because of racism?
Why might people want to immigrate?
Why would people be racist?
How does The Great Gatsby provide an insight to the immigration and racism going on in the country.
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