Immigration's Impact on Society During the 1920's

In: Historical Events

Submitted By indiacooper123
Words 373
Pages 2
Immigration’s Impact on American Life During the 1890s

Between 1880 and 1920, more than 20 million immigrants arrived in America. Many new immigrants were people anxious to work and earn a decent living. The large number of immigrants entering the United States in the late 19th and early 20th centuries created political opportunities, promoted economic growth, and opened our borders to different cultures, languages and ideas. Political machines were ordinary in cities with large immigrant populations. A machine was run by a boss who was closely tied to city politicians. Their purpose was to guarantee votes for politicians. They wooed the allegiance of the voters by supplying social welfare assistance including: job placement assistance, help with landlord problems, bail for jailed voters, and contracts to local businesses. Since few government agencies existed to provide this type of help, these political machines received the votes of those they assisted.
America is a nation of immigrants. Our success as a country would not be possible without the generations of immigrants who have come to our shores from every corner of the globe. Immigrants advancing economic maturation is only one of the major contributions they made in our society in the 19th century. They started their own businesses, which in turn, provided jobs not only for Americans but for their fellow immigrants, they developed cutting-edge technologies and companies, they boosted the demand for local consumer goods, and along with regular workers they were also a portion of our engineers, scientists, and innovators.
Immigrants enriched American communities by bringing aspects of their native cultures with them. The immigrant communities brought time-tested traditional practices, customs, and knowledge from their countries that informed and uplifted American culture. They opened up the minds of…...

Similar Documents

1920's Art and Literature

...brilliant, there must be truth and reason. Artists hiding behind paper and art only kept the truth hidden. In the 1920’s Art and Literature revolutionized American Society by turning away from the traditional ways and exposing the reality of American life. Art that was being published in the twenties was a representation of a new and wide variety of the movements, forms and points of view. This decade was one that “produced many great works of art, music [and] literature” (Mintz). In the early twenties American culture stood in Europe’s shadow and towards the end Americans were leading the struggle to liberate the arts. Artists were ready to develop new structures, tastes and styles. Poets like E.E Cummings, Langston Hughes, and Wallace Stevens were experimenting with new writing styles and format. Artists were doing the same, Charles Demuth, Georgia O’Keefe, and Joseph Stella, by challenging the dominant and realist traditions in American art. Not only did the techniques change but as did the genres. The 1920’s era was also an era of the Harlem Renaissance “a golden age in American Literature and significant developments” in other arts such as painting and music (Burg). Creativity exploded in Harlem and jazz came into being. Photographers captured the essence of Charles Demuth’s art work by pioneering expressionist art forms. Even as college enrollment doubled during this time period people began to veer away from the traditional ways of American culture. Truth and......

Words: 663 - Pages: 3

Blacks in Paris During the 1920s

...Blacks World Spotlight: on the International Stage in the 1920s During World War I the United States bought nearly 200,000 African-American soldiers to France. Majority of the African American soldiers were from the southern region of the United States of America. Many Blacks stayed after the war, generating a permanent Black population in France. The ending of the First World War also marked the beginning of the New Negro Movement or Harlem Renaissance in the United States. During this time African Americans emerged as talented, creative intellectuals leaving their footprint on 1920s America. While much focus of the New Negro Movement is centered in the United States, it indeed was an international affair. The purpose of this research is to examine how a number of African Americans launched their creative debut from the international stage of Paris, France. Additional focus will center on black artists turning to Africa as a source and facture in the art. Last but not least, the effort of Author Schomburg to collect and house international works about blacks will be addressed. Utterly intrigued by African Americans and thoroughly consumed with their talents, the French displayed a respect for Blacks unseen in the United States. While a great number of African-American soldiers remain in Paris, many journeyed back to the United States. Those soldiers certainly were not greeted by change. The United States remained the same racially tensed nation. If there was any change,......

Words: 3126 - Pages: 13

Were Usa Prosperous in 1920's

...To What Extent was The Untied States of America Prosperous and United in the 1920’s? America was not prosperous or united during the 1920’s. Although there were reasons to show that The United States were prosperous during this time, there are stronger arguments and ‘harder’ evidence to show that most of population were neither prosperous nor united. These arguments are, the collapse of the American economy in the late 1920’s and the countries economical situation, prohibition and the truth in society a large part of this being racism. There are signs of prosperity and unity in the 1920’s for the Americans; evidence of prosperity is that sales in radios went from 60,000 to 10,000,000 this wasn’t because they were a necessity it was because they could be bought, a statement of wealth. Woodrow Wilson started progresism. Henry Ford made the model T car the first mass produced. They went from $3 billion in debt to $3 billion in profit. Businesses were averaging 80% profits. This all sounds fantastic and how does this mean there was no prosperity or unity? Maybe America was dancing on a volcano that they weren’t prepared to erupt. Late October 1929 the American economy collapses. From a massive high to major low, politicians claimed “Invincibility,” “Untouchable” and “On a Permanent High,” days before the crash. Surely a country cannot be prosperous when they go into recession or when there economy collapses. The economy collapsed mainly due to the fact that America went into......

Words: 1714 - Pages: 7

1920's

...The era of the 1920’s sparked new ideas and perspectives in American people. Some considered this to be a development that would help to shape the nation; while others were concerned that traditional ideals and values would be lost with the changing times. The post – war time period in America was one of great controversy, with modernism on one side and conventionalism on the other. As America journeyed through the 1920’s, a power struggle between conservatives and liberals came to light due to the past events of World War I, the Progressive Era, and the Industrial Revolution. This tension was shown with a shift in viewpoints about immigration, foreign diplomacy, women’s role in the country, and the social aspects of American life. World War I had been a war unlike any other that America had been involved in thus far. It shed the archaic beliefs of isolationism and put the nation in a global spotlight as a major world super power. However, a portion of America still believed in seclusion, as shown when America chose not to join the League of Nations after much controversy in the Senate over the ratification of the post – war Treaty of Versailles in 1919. This was the first strike of tension in America due to the war effort. Additionally, the “Red Scare”, caused by Communism in Russia during the “Great War”, changed citizens’ ideas about immigrants. The once open - minded, diversified nation now began to adopt the theory of “Americanism.” Many wanted majority of Americans......

Words: 865 - Pages: 4

Women Rights During the 1920s

...Women had it difficult in the late 1800’s and early 1900s. Men and women had different treatments towards each other first of all women were not noticeable during elections. They couldn’t vote until the 1920s. Women also could not have professional jobs, and most importantly, women could not get the same education as men because most colleges would not accept them. This truly made women completely dependent on men. Nor only that “In the 1920's the world experienced several revolutions in areas such as music and new scientific discoveries.” (Chee, 2012) As a woman myself, it is hard to imagine a time when women not have been allowed to vote, work or go to college. One of the biggest reasons the narrator selected this topic was to find out what these women did to make a difference, not only in their lives, but also in the lives of so many future generations. Women were not permitted to vote. “Passed by Congress June 4, 1919, and ratified on August 18, 1920, the 19th amendment granted women the right to vote” (Gillett, 2008) There were many women active in the movement of the 1920s, with the help of great leaders such as Susan B. Anthony, Alice Blackwell, Carrie Catt, Lucy Stone, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Mary Church Terrell, Ida B. Wells-Barnett, and Lucretia Mott, the 19th amendment was passed. The 19th amendment basically denied the right to vote based on sex that was the only way where women were allowed to participate in political elections. Other than becoming a......

Words: 767 - Pages: 4

1920's Music

...sounds that could be heard during the 1920s. The Jazz Age incorporated more than just jazz, with blues booming, ballads and ragtime filling the air, and show tunes enrapturing audiences on and off the stage, the 1920s were alive with all kinds of music. The 1920s brought significant changes to music in America with new musicians, styles, and innovations, all of which would influence music around the world for years to come. Jazz music was a significant source of music in the 1920s, a style which originated in New Orleans and had spread throughout the country by the 1920s. Large cities such as Chicago, and New York City become epicenters for jazz music. People of all backgrounds embraced the music which would become synonymous with the time period becoming known as the Jazz Age, named by author F. Scott Fitzgerald (Bruccoli ix). Jazz music was characterized mainly by syncopation and improvisation along with techniques to alter the sound of instruments such as mutes and slides, and the overall swing feel of the music (Tyle). An abundance of jazz musicians became well known for their various techniques, styles, and the instruments they played. Louis Armstrong was one of the most influential jazz Bellingeri 2 musicians of the 1920s. Hailing from New Orleans, the hub of jazz music, he would become a legacy for the Jazz Age with his trumpet and voice bringing jazz to life. Leon “Bix” Beiderbecke was another great trumpeter and jazz musician of the 1920s. He never learned......

Words: 1097 - Pages: 5

United States in the 1920's

...US has been a very attractive place for the immigrants ever since its early history. But these reasons have kept on changing from time to time. Initially the main reason for immigration during the early periods 1830-1890 was the fact that land remained plentiful, and fairly cheap. There were plenty of jobs available for everyone. The labor was rare in those days just as today which attracted huge inflows of immigrants from all around the world. Remember, remember always, that all of us... are descended from immigrants and revolutionists. [Franklin D. Roosevelt] Other factors that increased and reinforced this inflow were the decline in the birthrate as well as an increase in industry and urbanization in the United States. The United States, in the 19th Century, remained a strong magnet to immigrants, with offers of jobs and land for farms. Earlier immigrants considered that in America, the streets were, "paved with gold," and at the same time as well as offerings of religious and political freedom. A German immigrant to Missouri wrote home about: "[The] abundance of overbearing soldiers, haughty clergymen, and inquisitive tax collectors..." During the years 1890-1924 the reasons for the immigration had a change from the past trends. The kinds of immigrants also changed. Jews came for religious freedom, Italians and Asians came for work and Russians came to escape persecution from the powers in their home country. The reason that America had jobs was still prevalent in......

Words: 1166 - Pages: 5

Industrialization During 1865 and 1920 That Influenced U.S. Society, Economy, and Politics

...OUTLINE & THESIS STATEMENT Impact of Industrialization after the Civil War on American Society (Thesis & Outline) [Strayer University] [U.S History 105] ] Impact of Industrialization After the Civil War on American Society (Thesis & Outline) Part 1- Thesis Statement The Industrial Revolution marks a major turning point in human history; almost every aspect of daily life was influenced in some way. After the Civil War, industrialization took on an unpredictable change of events that had a major affect on improving American life. The Industrial Revolution affected farming, manufacturing, and legislatives and led to a increase in the wealth and prosperity of the countries in which it occurred.. First, new and improved methods of planting and harvesting crops, breeding and rearing animals, and fertilizing the land increased productivity. Second, arrival of steam-powered farm machinery meant to replace farm laborers were needed to work the land. Third, Homestead Act, a significant amount of land had been set aside for cheap to migrated families from the west. Farmer were able to own their own home and farm using on their own time and resources, once their obligations to the government were fulfilled in 5 years the land was theirs with no strings attached. Although the war was over and slavery was abolished, nothing changed much for African American. They still had to work for their masters, and were limited to the rights they......

Words: 1216 - Pages: 5

Women of the 1920’s: the True Beginning of Women’s Liberation

...Women of the 1920’s: The true beginning of women’s liberation Amy K. Breitkreitz HIS204: American History Since 1865 Instructor Cora Dunaway December 22, 2014 The 1920’s presented America with some very turbulent times and issues. The true beginning of women’s liberation began during these eras; from women entering the workplace, to being awarded the privilege to vote and stepping out into the social scene causing eyebrows to be raised by their actions. The women of these eras did not realize it then, but they were laying the foundation for American women in the future to become independent, as well as political and workforce pillars in American society. The brave women of the 1920’s suffered great injustices, but persevered to become some of the greatest women in American history in all aspects of life such as politics, marriage, jobs and self-expression. Women who were referred to as flappers started the change in self-expression. Some were considered rebellious by their peers, mostly the older generation, due to their newfound scantily clad bodies and what were considered actions that challenged the morals put in place by society; the flappers transformed what was considered the proper woman into her own person. The less clothing, the shorter the hair, the heavier the makeup the better (Bliven, 1925). In my opinion, it was as time of women breaking free from the molds of what society thought they should be; a time of finding who they were, or letting......

Words: 1744 - Pages: 7

Roaring 1920's

...Giulio Grassi 01/15/2015 P. 6^ The Roaring 1920s World War I which was known as a war that ended all the other wars and as the Great War finally came to an end in 1918 changing life in many countries, it had devastating effects on Europe.  The Great War demolished the Austria-Hungary Empire and the Russian Empire.  New states were established out of these former empires. However, the effects of the war were also felt across the Atlantic Ocean in America.  Due to the war industry in the USA grew, the women’s movement progressed, and the government adopted new diplomatic policies.  The Great War affected all areas of life in America, and continued to have its effect for many years to come. The decade that came right after was called “The roaring 1920s”. It was a time where Americans were living the American dream. Was the first time in American history that people could afford to buy in abundance and buy anything they pleased. The roaring 1920’s was effected by many inventions and a new life that Americans were adapting to. The introduction of cars, planes, Sports and Prohibition effected the 1920s. Americans were learning how to live their lives.  One of the biggest changes probably also the one the influenced the most all the Americans were the new forms of transportation. After the World War I all the industries in America started to grow back slowly, some of those were starting to build the things that would revolutionize the life of all the Americans......

Words: 1562 - Pages: 7

1920's

...Kyle Carey 1920s Research paper Mrs. Staples March 17, 2015 The 1920s was a time of prosperity and economic growth. It was a time right after the end of WW1 which was a factor in the immigration controversy during this time period. There was a large amount of controversy on immigration in the 1920s, many of it because of WW1 the thought of our enemies living in our own country scared us. Although there were some negative things that happened in the Roaring Twenties, there were many positive things that happened. Women started getting jobs that only men had before, and the assembly line made it easier to mass produce household appliances and cars, and instead of those things being luxuries like they had been before, they became necessities. After the war people started perceiving the world in different ways. The First World War had a tremendous impact on the women in the 1920s. Because when many men were off to the war someone had to fill those jobs, those people turned out to be women. This made women realize that they could do the same things as men; it made them want the same rights. They reacted to this realization by protesting about how they weren’t represented in government because of their inability to vote. One of the main suffragettes was Alice Paul, she began her push for women’s suffrage in America in the early 1900s with The National American Woman’s Suffrage Association (NAWSA).Then she eventually decided they weren’t doing enough......

Words: 864 - Pages: 4

The 1920's

...Did the 1920’s Roar? The 1920’s were an interesting time in history, soldiers were returning home from war and people had a reason to celebrate and thus the decade roared. Many women went back to working out of the home but women became more liberated after experiencing independence of working during the war. Women wanted to work, dress more modern, get educated and have the right to vote. Families reunited and enjoyed sitting around the living room listening to new inventions like the radio and the record player. People had more money and they wanted to have fun and live beyond their means spending money on convenience items like washing machines, sewing machines, and vacuums. Middle class wanted to live like the rich and enjoy luxuries like cars, fine clothes and entertainment like Jazz, movies and gambling. Mass production and advertising was making items more accessible and desirable and everyone was investing their savings on the rising stock market. In many ways the 1920’s were a positive period full of fun and fads and the decade roared but there were also negative events throughout the 1920’s, most notably the 1929 stock market but also political and labour unrest, racial discrimination and the onset of Residential Schools, which made the 20’s, not roar. All the new fads and fashion trends made this period a time for change and growth. Many ladies in the 1920’s wanted to be liberated and challenge the status quo on acceptable dress and conservative hair......

Words: 1323 - Pages: 6

America in the 1920's

...America in the 1920’s The Boom Period During the 1920s there was a prolonged boom in the American economy. Industrial production doubled, the economy grew rapidly and fortunes were made. Life had never seemed better for the majority of the American people. The boom developed for a number of reasons. World War I The European economies were exhausted by the cost of waging a long war. In comparison, the USA grew rich during the war years. Its late arrival to the war, and the fact that its cities and industries were not bombed or destroyed during the conflict, meant that at the end of the war it was able to capitalise on the perilous state of European industry and dominate their markets. New technologies The first 20 years of the twentieth century saw huge technological advances in industry. Factories became automated. Machines and other improved manufacturing techniques meant that huge amounts of goods could be made at a fraction of the cost. The age of mass production had arrived. In the decade of the 1920s economic output increased by a staggering 50%. Consumer boom Because goods could be produced in greater numbers and at much lower prices, more people were able to afford them. This led to huge increases in the sales of products such as cars, refrigerators, radios and cookers. Buying on credit This consumer boom was greatly aided by the availability of hire purchase - the ability to buy goods on credit. Because times were good, people were not worried......

Words: 968 - Pages: 4

Assess the View That the Impact of the First World War Was the Main Reason for the Booming Economy in the Usa in the 1920’s.

...After analysis of the interpretations as well as use of my own knowledge, I have reached the conclusion that the war was indeed the main reason why the economy boomed in 1920’s America. The interpretations that support this are A, B and C. While certainly there are other factors that are presented in all of the interpretations, I believe that the prominence of the war throughout these 3 passages support the strength of the argument. Interpretation D attributes Andrew Mellon as the main reason for the boom, but as Cannadine is the only one to do so this limits the strength of his argument. The war was the main cause of the boom as it provided the catalyst necessary to start of a chain of events that provided a huge boost to the economy. Without World War I, it could be argued that the American economy would not have boomed to the extent that it did in the 1920’s. One of the main reasons for this school of thought is an argument provided in interpretation A. Jim potter states that World War I provided an ‘impetus both to agricultural and industrial expansion’. This was because of the fact that the war brought in a need for armaments and munitions to supply the forces with, and there were many countries that could not yield the materials and products due to their lacklustre industry. America was not like these countries, and with the stimulus of the war they were able to quickly improve their industries and make these new products. As a result of this, as the historian......

Words: 1935 - Pages: 8

The 1920’s: Baseball Uniform

...The 1920’s: Baseball Uniform The decade of the 1920’s is often characterized as a period of American prosperity and optimism. This was the Jazz Age, the decade of the flappers. The 1920’s opened with an explosion of color and the wailing sounds and fast rhythms of jazz and energetic dancing. It was a time of tremendous change in America. America was one of the victors in the First World War and it enjoyed a period of great prosperity in the twenties. The Americans were opposed to anything that might drag them into another European war. Many Americans simply wanted to enjoy the prosperity that had developed in the previous decade and felt that foreign entanglements would threaten it. For the next decade America kept to herself for the most part. Most Americans enjoyed a high standard of living. Food was plentiful and cheap thanks to the vast quantity produced on American farms. More and more people bought their own houses through mortgages. Thanks to Henry Ford and mass production, one could buy a ford for $290. It was the “Roaring Twenties,” the decade of bath tub gin, the model T, the $5 work day, the first transatlantic flight, and the movie. It was the great age of popular entertainment. Among the world of entertainment, there were sports. Baseball’s growing popularity in the 1920’s can be measured by structural and cultural changes that helped transform the game. Ballparks were being constructed left and right. In 1920 the Cubs Field was opened and in 1926 re-named to...

Words: 1008 - Pages: 5