Sunday, April 16, 2017

Turn of the Century

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This post will be dealing with immigration from 1877 to 1919. During the early 1900's, immigrants were pouring into the United States at unprecedented rates - statistics indicate close to 14.5 million. This era was also characterized by diversity. While immigrants before arrived mostly from northern and western Europe, many immigrants were now coming from eastern Europe and Asia. However with mass immigration came changes in American attitudes. This article highlights the legislations set in place to regulate immigration into the US. Such an example is the Chinese Exclusion Act - passed in 1882 - in order to prohibit the immigration of all Chinese laborers. Another means to control immigration mentioned in the article were literacy tests, and led to the passing of the Immigration Act of 1917. Literacy tests required that immigrants be able to read and write in their native languages. In addition, comprehensive medical examinations were performed on all immigrants who stepped foot in the United States. 


  1. It's crazy to think that literacy test were given to everyone.

  2. Lit blog! How different do you think was seen at that time period against our present period with all the racism we have today?

  3. Why do you think that the immigration act was passed? After all, if they were only arriving to resort to crime after not being able to get a job, is it really a bad thing? I'm not saying we should close our borders completely, but immigration in moderation is ideal.