In his book “American Passage: The History of Ellis Island”, Vincent J. Cannato expressed the course that the late 1800s to 1900s immigrants went through. The main focus of Cannato’s book was the many changes in the immigration policy, and how it shaped the United States. Before Ellis Island opened, the restriction of immigrants was weak. Many Americans had their own beliefs on how immigration should be managed, however, restrictions towards immigration was not enforced until the early 1900s. When the immigration policy was finally imposed, the treatment of immigrants became harsh and unsympathetic.
In the first half of the 19th century, the settlement of the frontier and the development of the country’s vast natural resources and new industry called for a permissive immigration policy. The continuous influx of immigrants from different parts of the world to the United States has always been of great concern to those who feel that America belongs to only them. For every recession that besieges America the immigrants share a great blame for it. The great Depression of the 1930s and World War 11 immigrants were blamed for the economic malaise, communities where different ethnic groups came in contact there were frequent scenes of violence. The current recession orchestrated the Arizona’s new obnoxious immigration’s law.
Some apprehension about immigrants was always there. But the recession and consequent anger had to be somewhere, and immigrants were the ready targets for insult, abuse and violence. Official statistics pick some of these incidents. For example, 41,318 race and religion related hate crimes were reported in 2010 and 37,623 (86 percent of 43,748) in 2011/12. Since the death of Stephen Lawrence killed in 1... ... middle of paper ... ...isplacing British workers, government has pursued demand and employment reducing austerity and arbitrary immigration control that hamper growh.
The main goal of Strangers in the Land is to give evidence that nativism spreads throughout all of the United States history and is exasperated by crisis that happens in our own country. He wants us to see that America went through a big change of mind about immigration over the years. Another one of his objectives is to show people through his book that this is one of the most important time periods in the
The term melting-pot has been used since the 1700s. It has always been a metaphor to describe immigrants coming to America. The melting pot is a fusion of cultures and ethnicities into one larger culture. Americans did not like the idea of immigration to their country, viewing their country as beautiful the way it was. Many thought America would be ruined if too many people immigrated and left their cultural mark on the country.
America was widely known as a “melting pot” of sorts for many generations. The country earned its title by accepting immigrants of various cultures and molding, or melting, them into the American lifestyle. However, the “melting pot” idea of America is starting to dissipate. According to a Newsweek Poll on the public, “only 20 percent still think America is a melting pot” (Morganthau and Wolfberg, par.4). As more Americans push away immigrants and create stereotypes against said immigrants, America continues to lose its title as a “melting pot.” There is ethnic friction in America and people have begun to have a hard time assimilating (Morganthau and Wolfberg, par.18).
The United States of America is a nation full of immigrants; however, the country faces just as many racial issues as in the Civil Rights era. Can covert and overt racism actually play a role in mental health? This debate has spiked up in recent years as America goes through different phases of racism and the looming topics of racism possibly or never-ending in the United States. Blogging changes attitudes about racism because people are blogging about their personal
The government must restrict immigration laws because of overpopulation of the United States. Immigration has been affecting America?s population for over two hundred years now. Back in the 1800?s, immigration was encouraged so that the New World could become prosperous. Today, some citizens have been worrying about how many more immigrants the United States can take in, while others do not really care because employers would rather pay lower wages to new immigrants or immigration does not seem to be affecting them in any way. It is impossible to stop all immigrants from coming to the United States, but the government can restrict the immigration laws to a certain extent (Kalla 2).
In agreement with Thomas King, Americans have romanticized the effortless actions of their war heroes and constantly tell the stories in order to boast about their history while they humiliate the culture of Native Americans. King brings up the truth about the vicious captains that are famous for exploring and finding North America. The main idea of his first chapter is simply within the title, Forgetting Columbus. King conveys the reasons why Americans need to forget the stories which they were once told, in order to expose themselves to the unfortunate truths before 1985. For instance, King critiques how whites took pride in massacring Natives in large numbers.
He writes: "...the transformation of relative cultural differences into an absolute line of cleavage, which would redeem the northwestern Europeans from the charges once leveled at them and explain the present danger of immigration in terms of the change in its sources." (Doc 1) People believed these immigrants could not adapt to the "standardized" way of American living, as the Northwestern or Nordic immigrants did. These new immigrants' presence in America stirred up religious racist organizations such as the Ku Klux Klan. In "The Klan's Fight for Americanism," the Klan's Grand Wizard Hiram Evans believed the only people entitled to American membership are the "pioneers" that founded it, the white Nordic race. He states in his manifesto the general frustration of the Nordic whites being uncomfortable with the integration of other races and the liberal organizations being formed who support them.