Freedom - Ryan Paur History 203 Fall 2009 Question#1 How...

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Ryan Paur October 20, 2009 History 203; Fall 2009 Question #1 How and why did American understandings of freedom change from the 1920’s to the 1930’s? In the early 1900’s there was a dramatic increase of immigration from Europe into the United States, consequently the freedom of the American citizens and immigrants changed in dramatic ways. The US economy was very prosperous after The Great War; consequently this attracted more immigrates to the United States. The native Americans began to feel as if the immigrants were taking away what was once theirs in terms of jobs, land and opportunities. Not only did the natives harass the immigrants, but also they were facing economic struggles. Many immigrants had nothing and their labor could be acquired cheaply, and companies took advantage of them and expected them to work under harsh conditions with little pay. The immigrants became puppets for the affluent; they were only allowed to do what the company leaders permitted and they were at the mercy of the rich. After the Civil War there was a massive influx of immigrants into the United States, far too many people for the economy to support. The natives of the United States were not opposed to the immigrants that were coming at the turn of the century. “hordes of newcomers who were welcomed by native Americans to operate factories, build railroads and fill up the waste spaces-“developing the country””( Grant, Madison. The Passing of the Great Race ). The immigrants were typically from England and Ireland and they were generally accepted by the native Americans. Even after jobs had been filled, immigrants still flooded the gates of the
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United States. Many of the immigrants who came after the initial wave were from the southeast parts of Europe and they were not as openly welcome. Soon people began to fear that immigrants would gain too much control. President Calvin Coolidge assured the American citizens there was nothing to fear. “All native born Americans, directly or indirectly, have the advantage of our schools, our colleges, and our religious bodies”(Calvin Coolidge, Whose Country Is This?). Native Americans thought that they were better than any of the “filthy
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