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In the 1920’S and 1930’S There Were Several Forms of Discrimination In the United States. Explain why there was this discrimination.

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IN THE 1920'S AND 1930'S THERE WERE SEVERAL FORMS OF DISCRIMINATION IN THE UNITED STATES. EXPLAIN WHY THERE WAS THIS DISCRIMINATION AND HOW HAS IT AFFECTED THE AMERICAN POPULATION. In America, during the 1920's and1920's there were many forms of discrimination. There were four main groups of people who were discriminated against. These people were the black Americans, immigrants, the working class and the women. The discrimination varied in different areas and at different times. In America the worst affected people were the black population of America. During the 1920's in the southern states of America, like Louisiana and Texas, where there were many low-skilled agricultural jobs. Black people were given these jobs because they were seen as cheap labour, through the great depression. When white Americans saw them taking their jobs and money, some of them joined the KKK (Ku Klux Klan), a white supremacy group. Black people also had laws, (Jim Crow Laws). These were designed to segregate black people from white and also to deny them civil rights such as voting, worthwhile education and decent jobs. This affected them because they many of the black people of America would've lived in poverty, and some may have been homeless. Also with a permanent address they would not have been allowed to vote. Also by not being able to get a good job many black people would be poor. ...read more.

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After they were convicted their lawyer said, "Judge Thayer is narrow minded, unintelligent ... and full of prejudice." This shows how they were treated and how unfair their trial was. Although there was little evidence to show they were guilty they, they were still found guilty and convicted. This case shows how the immigrants were discriminated against. In 1924 immigrants were again discriminated against by the government further because they introduced a system where they only let immigrants in form north eastern Europe, mainly Britain, Ireland and Germany. Many of these immigrants came to the USA innocently to earn money and get a job. Although some may have come with the intention to do harm by spreading communism and anarchy, most of them didn't, for example many Jews fled form eastern Europe to America to get away form poverty and lots of Italians came to the USA to avoid persecution. Yet many of these people were discriminated against because of their background and some ideas that some people had in their country. During the 1920's the working class were the third group (mainly people in low-wage low-skilled jobs) suffered a different form of discrimination. The working class worked long-houred low-wage jobs. This affected them because this meant that the majority of them lived in poverty. One example of this was in North Carolina, men were paid $18 and women were paid $9 a week to work for about 70 hours, but $48 was seen as the minimum wage to live a decent life. ...read more.

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They wanted to keep they jobs they had during the war, mainly factory work while the men were fighting. They were able to keep these jobs and were also able to share cars, drink and smoke in public. Also they were getting their own money and by 1920 all women were given the vote in all states. Another thing that changed was that the women were allowed to make decisions in the home and their house-hold work became easier with the introduction of electrical appliances such as the washing machine. This affected them because it made their lives easier and less restricted. Also it gave them more freedom and by having their own source of income they were able to entertain them selves and not have their lives controlled by men. For the women tings really changed in the 1920's as they got the vote and jobs that paid quite well. This would've enabled them to live independently. In conclusion I think that all the discrimination that all these people received made their lives worse and hard to live, as they were not able to enjoy them, as they would have liked to. I think this because they had people restricting them and their actions and also they faced discrimination that stopped them doing what they wanted to. Also I think it shows how narrow-minded and hypocritical people can be. Basing their prejudices on colour, race, sex and background. ...read more.

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