The district’s horrible conditions and crime that took place caused many people to associate the Irish with “lawlessness,” and savageness. The Irish attempted to improve their economic conditions by participating politics but often ran into conflicts with political clubs and gangs such as the Bowery Boys. Many people especially nativists believed that the Irish were violent and immoral and therefore, disproved of their partaking in politics. The nativist movement during the 19th century was as a response to mass immigration of the Irish to the United States and primarily New York City. The Irish settled in a poor district called the Five Points and attempted to create a better life for themselves by participating in politics and working in... ... middle of paper ... ...eing lawless and desperate.
. “(2) Because of their lack of funds many Irish immigrants landed in less expensive Canadian ports, and then walked down into the United States. (3) Not only was the ocean voyage difficult, but once reaching the United States, most immigrants found that they were not welcomed with open arms, but rather pushed away because of their religious affiliations. Catholics found themselves the minority and targets of discrimination. (4) Settled Americans saw the new influx of Irish immigrants as a plague, dirtying their streets and neighborhoods, filling their jails and sanitariums, creating public disruption.
In the article “Taking It to the Streets” by Richard Brookhiser, he states, “The angry poor were Irish Americans, and they lashed out not only at the police and other authority figures but at equally poor black New Yorkers” (20). As just states, Irish Americans were angry and took it out by starting these draft riots. They targeted everyone, especially the blacks because they found it unfair that they were the ones chosen to be drafted. The Irish Americans were the cause of the start of the draft
After the war ended, anarchist bombings began, and a general fear of socialists, anarchists, communists, and immigrants swept the nation. There had always been resentment to immigrants in America, and these attacks just intensified these feelings. Americans were concerned that, because the Russian Revolution occurred, that it would happen in America next. The government began sweeping immigrants up and deporting them. Many innocent people were arrested because of their views against democracy.
People worried mainly about how blurring the lines between White and African American territory would cause property values to plummet and destroy the community. This of course was a valid fear at the time because nobody liked the idea that they could wind up living next door to someone who did not share their skin color. Fear is what caused the incident at Garland Street. It was not simply the idea of an African American moving into a White covenant, it was fear. Often times, the fear of another is what led to violent clashes like in the Detroit Race Riots of the 1960's.
The social changes and unrest made many Americans and immigrants alike fear for their lives and livelihoods. Urbanization during the war pulled women, men and children alike from rural areas into highly populated, metropolitan areas. The formerly provincial families started living in the same cities as immigrants new to the United States. After the war the fear of these foreigners and their transoceanic ways started to increase rapidly. This fear amplified in the late spring and early summer of 1919, after several bombs went off in two separate bombings.
The new immigrants from southern and eastern Europe experienced a great deal of prejudice simply because they were different. The earlier settlers also felt resentment because they thought that the new immigrants were taking away all of the jobs. There were also fears that the poverty of the new immigrants would cause most of them to turn to crime. Many people at the time argued that the new immigrants “threatened to overwhelm American culture” (Anderson
The Act built tension between the two. (Griswold 23) On March 5, 1770 the dreadful day came. A mob of people went in front of the Customs Office in Boston Massachusetts and started to throw stuff and give insults at the soldiers. As a result to this so-called harassment the soldiers fired on the crowd. The first to die was a black man named Crispus Attucks.
He manipulated people and circumstances to his full advantage to implement his plan. His agenda was one of violence against innocent Black men and women. These already oppressed citizens, became tragically disenfranchised as a result of his actions. He has torn the fabric of their livelihood into pieces, leaving many homeless. His wanton destruction and ruthless actions deserve harsh punishment by this jury.
The plight of Black Canadians was solely due to the KKK (Ku Klux Klan) which aimed at the destroying interracial relations. Their actions weren’t condemned, which was shocking. The Black Canadians, Chinese Immigrants and First Nations weren’t the only groups to face prejudice, other groups such as workers and labor class, also endured laborious hours and jobs, under unfair conditions. Because of this, worker unions formed and there were violent strikes across Canada. This was because workers weren’t getting decent wages for their hours of strenuous labor.