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Jillian Galang AMST 201-04 MW 2:30 PM-3:45 PMMelting potFrom the 1890s to the 1960s, the second wave of immigrants in Europe moved to the United States. Since many of them immigrated to the United States an ideology was created to influence and assimilate these immigrants into American Culture. The ideology, called a “melting pot” (although the term used now means a variety of metals are melted to create steel), means to erase all the other foreign cultures and naturalize the immigrants to pursue into American society. Since assimilation and americanization occurred, the immigrants that assimilated to American culture are called naturalized Americans. However, the naturalized Americans disliked and refused with some of the American culture’s values and beliefs, thus theycreated their own political groups and local unions. Due to the creations of new groups and unions, the introduction of the Immigration Act of 1924 got created due to many fear these “un-American” views and political agenda. The immigration Act of 1924 was established to discriminate against immigrants by limiting the amount to migrate to the United States. It was also to protect the ethnic homogeneity of America so the American culture would not disrupt. Due to the melting pot focusing more on conformity than diversity, American culture is still dominated by white, middle-class Americans.
Embalmed Beef, potato flour and patent medicines.Throughout the Spanish-American war, there was a political scandal due to the extremelylow-quality of products given to the soldiers. Since fresh foods and products are not easy to obtain for the soldiers, they were given toxic products. It was before the government regulation of the food and medicine industry was created. Therefore, their source of protein would be canned beef, and carbs were adulterated with potato flour. The soldiers complained that the canned beef is contaminated as many soldiers got sick from consuming this product. It was because the canned beef was made from cows that carried disease or were already dead. The potato flour was also poor quality and cheaply made because it was discarded leftovers after the alcohol and starch were extracted from the potatoes. Not only low-quality food items were given to soldiers, but they were also given medicine as well that consisted of cocaine, morphine, and alcohol. It was called “patent medicine” which gave soldiers some pain relief to not feel the pain.However, although it was said the soldiers were given “patent medicine,” these medicines were not patented which means the soldiers actually felt the pain. Since it was endemic all over the industries, many people demanded new laws to be created for the food problem. Thus in 1906, the Pure Food & Drug Act and Federal Meat Inspection Act (PF&DA) were established to notify people what is in the products that they are consuming through labels and to guarantee the food

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