He refers to all the immigration groups in a judgmental way. He complains about the intelligence levels of the Italians, how dirty and deceitful the Jews are, and even the immaculate cleanliness of the Chinamen. Although he does possess quite a bit of bigotry that boarders on the line of prejudice when it comes to African Americans he recognizes that they are suffering from racism and he sympathizes with th... ... middle of paper ... ... them enough to care how they live. Once that was done you could take the care they discovered for those people and use it to better their homes. And the city would well be on it’s way to improvement.
The Life of Immigrant Children In New York By the late nineteenth century the economic lines in America between the upper and lower class were quickly widening because of the boom of urban industrial expansion. Moreover, during the 1800s, America witnessed an influx of immigrants coming from many parts of the world, they made tenement houses in New York’s lower East Side a common destination. One person witnessing the living conditions of these tenements was journalist Jacob A. Riis. For several years, Riis, with camera in hand, tooked a multitude of photographs that depicted the atrocious working and living conditions in the New York slums. Riss reported that the tenements were severely overcrowded, unsanitary, and a breeding ground for crime and disease.
Jacob Riis and Urban Reform At the turn of the twentieth century, the United States went through a series of major changes known as Industrialization and Urbanization. These developments had a major impact on American life, especially in newly urbanized cities such as New York and Chicago. Americans moved very rapidly from agriculture to machinery, and big businesses boomed, as well as the pockets of a select few. However, along with this change, unprecedented consequences faced thousands of unfortunate Americans who lived in these inner cities but did not get the chance to share in the profits of the country’s economic growth. As other Americans grew extremely rich due to their successful business and investments, the poor in America only grew poorer.
The waterfront was populated by people who were poorly paid, exploited by their bosses and in many cases were only recent immigrants. The play is set in Red Hook, "the slum that faces the bay on the seaward side of Brooklyn Bridgethe gullet of New York". I have chosen the end of act one and the end of the play for scenes, which I think best explore tension and conflict in the play. This is because the main theme of the play, family loyalty, is shown in great effect in these scenes. There is great tension between the family and especially between Eddie and Marco in these two scenes.
Immigration Descrimination Attention statement: “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddles masses yearning to be free” these are the words that have greeted hundreds of thousands of immigrants coming to our country on the gates of Ellis Island. INTRO America is an idea, a set of beliefs about people and their relationships and the kind of society which holds the best hope of satisfying the needs each of us brings as an individual. For countless immigrants, the struggle to arrive in America was rivaled only by the struggle to gain acceptance among the population. Immigrants say they came to America seeking economic opportunity and freedom for themselves and their children, and at the same time they have all, at one time, experienced discrimination. First, we will be looking at the general history of immigration to the United States from the 19th century on into the 21st.
Jacob Riis' How the Other Half Lives In How the Other Half Lives, the author Jacob Riis sheds light on the darker side of tenant housing and urban dwellers. He goes to several different parts of the city of New York witnessing first hand the hardships that many immigrants faced when coming to America. His journalism and photographs of the conditions of the tenant housing helped led the way of reformation in the slums of New York. His research opened the eyes of many Americans to the darker side of the nation's lower class. Though it seems that he blamed both the victims and the board forces of society, I believe that he placed more of the blame on the board forces for the conditions that many immigrants faced.
Just like today with the Mexicans coming to America to make money for their loved ones back home, Italians traveled across seas to make a living to send home to their families. And just like today, many felt the Italians stole jobs away because they were willing to work for the lowest wages. This was only the beginning of Anti-Italianism discrimination in America (Salvatore J., 1999). Labor struggles were not the only fire the Italian Immigrants had to deal with. According to La’Gumina, during the first years of Italian Immigration they had to face many conflicts such as virulent prejudice, and nativist hostility (p. 22).
The problem here is that many people are looking for jobs in the United States and the Hispanics are taking the jobs of the Americans for lower wages. The lower class is worried about the money they get which is hard. The wealthy also has their own stuff to worry about which is losing their homes to banks. Just like in the first poem, it is not only about class but perspective. The wealthy has their own problems while the low class has theirs as well.
The “new” immigrants came over hungry for work and were willing to work for a fraction of what the “old” immigrants would. The “new” immigrants came in unskilled and unaccustomed to American society, took the “old” immigrants jobs and shook up their neighborhoods; this created much tension between the two groups. Riis like others, hated some ethnic groups more than others, and in How the Other Half Lives establishes a general hierarchy placing the “old” immigrants on the top, groups such as Germans, Irish and the English. In the middle Riis ranks the Italians, Jews, and blacks. On the bottom of the ladder Riis places the Chinese.
As more and more people traveled from Europe and Asia to America, anti-immigrant hate grew as well. The United States was in the middle of an economic depression, and immigrants were blamed for taking jobs away from the Americans. Racist articles were springing up in the press, making these theories that the immigrants were childish and criminal more and more popular (Wikepedia.com, 2007). A rivalry with the Irish began to find unskilled work in industrial areas. As the number of Italians in the United States increased, they began to dominate many of the occupations that were earlier controlled by the Irish.