• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

How widespread was intolerance in the USA in the 1920's.

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

How widespread was intolerance in the USA in the 1920's. The vast majority of Americans were either immigrants or descendants of recent immigrants. In theory, groups lost their ethnic identity and blended together with other groups to become model American citizens.In practise, however,this was not the case.In the big USA cities such as New York, the more settled immigrants such as the Irish and the Germans competed for the best housing and the most prestigious jobs.These groups tended to look down on the more recent Italian immigrants; they in turn had nothing but contempt for the black Americans and the Mexicans who were at the bottom of the scale. The racism towards immigrants took another turn for the worse by an increased fear of communism. ...read more.

Middle

Word quickly spread that they were self confessed anarchists. Anarchists hated the American system of Government and wanted to destroy it by creating social disorder. Their case was turned into a trial for their radical ideas. The case against them was shaky and it relied on their dubious Italian backgrounds. The Judge referred to them as "Those Anarchist bastards".They were sentenced to be executed. The Judge was narrow minded and full of prejudice towards the anarchists. The world press remarked how badly the trial had been conducted. The worst prejudice towards the immigrants was the racism towards the black population in the southern states of America . The poor White population saw these dark skinned people as a threat to their jobs and their livelihood. ...read more.

Conclusion

but in the 1920's a man called William Bryan managed to pass a law that children must be taught the story of the bible. However, biology teacher John Scopes broke this law so that he could bring his argument to court. Many of the best lawyers in the country were called upon to resolve the age old argument of science v religion. This captured public attention throughout the world. In the end Religion lost and its supporters were subjected to great mockery in the press. So as one can see a lot of things changed in the USA in the 1920's. There was a great deal of intolerance all over the USA but in the end this often ridiculed and intolerant society eventually overcame its predjudices and moved into the modern era . ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE International relations 1945-1991 section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE International relations 1945-1991 essays

  1. Castro's revolution: WOMEN

    Women played a large part in the nation's post-revolutionary health kick. Among doctors, women's representation grew from six percent to forty-eight percent from 1953 to 1990. During this same period, women dentists grew from eighteen to sixty-nine percent and women increased from sixty-eight to eighty-eight percent of all nurses (Smith and Padula, p 57).

  2. Was the league successful in the 1920s?

    Poland were occupying Vilna during the Russo-Polish war and after refused to leave. The league did nothing, they just let Poland stay. Although the voting in the league was fair, the voting process was very slow which meant decisions of who was going to be elected couldn't be done efficiently.

  1. 'Without the new automobile industry the prosperity of the 1920s would scarcely have been ...

    This was the 'industrial efficiency movement'. The USA had vast natural resources and used them to its benefit. The war was a huge factor in the extremely successful prosperity of the USA in the 1920s. While the war was going on, the USA provided the allies with munitions and lent them money.

  2. How did the Red scare and McCarthyism become such a dominant force in the ...

    As a contrast many Americans were bitterly opposed to Communism. This caused a huge difference in opinion, as to the people of each country. This proved to be a very important factor. Apart From this many actions taken by the Governments played extremely big roles as triggers of the Cold war.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work