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To what extent was the increase in hostility towards immigrants in the U.S.A during the 1920s due to fear of revolution?

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  • Submitted: 03/11/2009
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GCSE USA 1919-1941

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Alasdair Smith, 5/6

To what extent was the increase in hostility towards immigrants in the U.S.A during the 1920's due to fear of revolution?

By the early 20th century, the United States of America had an open door policy which allowed almost anyone to enter and live in the country. However, by the 1920's, attitudes towards immigrants changed and there was an increase in hostility towards them. A major factor in causing this growth of hostility was the fear of revolution. However, there are other factors which have to be considered to asses the importance of whether the increase in hostility towards immigrants in the U.SA during the 1920's was mainly due to the fear of revolution. One such factor which will be examined is that many Americans feared that more immigrants would make jobs and houses harder to find. Immigrants were also blamed for the spread of crime, which is another important reason to be considered. Racism is also considered to be a reason why hostility grew, and this should also be examined to ensure a fair conclusion. Finally, new immigration laws which were enforced in the U.S.A during the 1920's, discriminated against many immigrants and

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