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The USA in the 1920s Sources Questions

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GCSE USA 1941-80

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The USA in the 1920s Sources Questions

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All of these sources indicate America's extreme view towards immigrants. In the 1920s America was full of intolerance and source i. Shows this well: "I have suffered because I was an Italian, and indeed I am an Italian". These words were uttered by an Italian, namely Bartolomo Vanzetti just before he was executed. America shows an extreme hatred towards all immigrants. If the immigrants were different in race or culture to the Americans - they singled them out. However, immigrants who could be assimilated easily, were treated well. We can see from source ii. That immigrants from anywhere except North and West Europe, were singled out and not allowed into America. America thought that immigrants were corrupting their way of life. Senator Albert Johnson in source iii. says that the "foreign-blood" is a "threat to the happiness of individual Americans". We can clearly see from these sources that America had a very arrogant view towards immigrants. They did not know much about the cultures from which a lot of the immigrants came, and so were afraid and racist. The fact that a politician of Washington in source iii. Could openly

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