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Unformatted text preview: in the United States. I found of particular interest the Know Nothing movement of the mid-nineteenth century mentioned in this week’s reading. The Know Nothing movement was known for its activities within the American Republican Party and was brought about by the fears that German and Irish Catholic immigrants were hostile to U.S. values. Anti-immigration sentiment is a reoccurring theme in U.S. history and has been popularized in every generation by the fear that immigration will change American values. There seems to be little difference today with popular U.S. sentiments against Mexican immigration. Unfortunately, the Mexican immigrant is viewed as lazy, criminally driven, and after our jobs. The German immigrant was seen as opposing liberty, criminally driven, and conspirators with the Pope who intended to subjugate the U.S. It’s unfortunate that U.S. politicians still capitulate to such sentiments in search of the popular vote....
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- Spring '11
- Immigration to the United States, Midwestern United States, Emigration