In the book, "My Antonia", nostalgic views can be compared to those from narratives of Indians personal experiences. The experience that can be compared is the relation that they had regarding the westward movement and the plans the Americans had for the different races. The hardships they had experienced had been uncomfortable and unfair. The Indians had it harder than the immigrants, because they were moved from their own homes and sent to reservations and their kids were taken to the east to learn to become white. The immigrants came to the west expected great opportunities.
The Indians during this time were forced to accept the Europeans establishing new territories, even if they did not belong to them. As the Indian populations continued to decrease, some Indians intermarried with the Europeans and even the Africans to try and boost the population once again. This of course produced mixed children who were confused and could not decide which culture they would accept. This mix of people changed the ways of living for the Native Americans as well as the Europeans throughout early America. It is obvious to me that land was the largest reason for war among the Indians and the Europeans.
More and more people started to move out west due to cheap land and entrepreneur opportunities, even though those territories were already populated by the Native Americans. There were countless confrontations between these two cultures, that either showed how they coexisted and fought each other. The constant fight probably caused the Native Americans to be close to extinction, because they fought for their right to stay on their land and not learn the culture of the
Like the history of past colonists who migrated to the USA started in the early 1600's, most modern day immigrants are motivated to relocate far from their original homes for the desire to improve their economic situation. These people are known as economic immigrants, who resettle in other countries such as USA in search of jobs, farmland, or business opportunities. Americans often view immigration as a problem, even though the USA has been shaped by immigrants. Born Americans often look down on new immigrants. Facts from the Encarta Encyclopedia states, "Immigrants are frequently targets of criticism, especially when the new arrivals come from a different country, rather then to be already among the established community.
Besides, racism and prejudice led to the interracial strife and race riots, worsening the situation between the whites and the African Americans. Racism became even more of a national problem. The Great Migration intensions were to let African Americans live a better life style economically wise and help them from poverty not cause even more issues with racism or become competition against others. Because many white people did not want to sell their property to African Americans, they began to start their own exclusive cities within that area of sell. These exclusive cities were called the “ Ghetto”(Black, 2013).
Starting back in the Civil war days, the KKK was an organization in which believed in their political ideology of a White America or a White nationalism. In Document F, in a c... ... middle of paper ... ...the changes in social differences of America. Racial discrimination was at its peak due to the rises in the number of the Americans who wished for a “Pure America.” Fear of Immigrants grew because of the differences Americans saw in both their cultural and political ways, whether it was just they as an individual or the nation of origin as a whole. Many of the older generations of America found themselves disagreeing with the ways in which the new generation behaved in the 20s and had a much too circumscribed views to the decade. America, still to this day, suffers from very similar problems almost a century ago.
Many immigrants moving to the United States brought with them various traditions of their culture and after moving, they repressed such beliefs and forged ahead with a new way of “American Thinking.” The rituals and traditions of such societies should have brought diversity to this nation’s culture however, these ways would soon become a part of the past. The “Melting Pot” myth heavily influences American society and people believe that everyone no matter what skin color or religious belief is created equal. This belief of the American Way of life is idyllic to say the least. Unfortunately, this myth has been thwarted due to a high level of racial supremacy within the nations past and even present. There are two particular events in national history, which will forever hinder equality: slavery of African Americans and Japanese internment camps during World War II in America.
Boston: Wadsworth Cengage Learning, 2011. Print. Nitze, Paul. NSC-68. U.S.