Why did Americans fear mass immigration years 1890-1920

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  • FEAR OF MASS IMMIGRATION
    • POLITICAL
      • Rising population due to low wages , cities became populated with immigrants.
      • Some immigrants had little understanding of politics, voted in same ways as the cities in which they lived.
      • Patronage societies such as Tammany Hall provided social security to ensure votes off immigrants.
        • Part of the Democratic Party, overtook  Republicans
          • Many American's concerned it went against 'Jefferson Ideal'
          • A lot of American's did vote Democrat, less popular in Northern cities.
      • Immigrants often Catholic, loyalties to foreign Pope.
        • American's questioned whether they should be trusted to stay patriotic.
          • American's overtook Plains Indians, feared immigrants would do the same to them.
    • SOCIAL
      • American's used immigrants as scapegoats, blamed for ills of society.
        • Prohibition.
          • Blamed problems with drink on Catholics, Irish and Germans, creating more discrimination.
      • Most immigrants lived in own districts, didn't attempt to integrate- easier targets.
        • American's feared rapid change and because of sudden difference fear grew more.
  • ECONOMY
    • Negative impact triggered the fear of mass immigration.
    • FEAR OF MASS IMMIGRATION
      • POLITICAL
        • Rising population due to low wages , cities became populated with immigrants.
        • Some immigrants had little understanding of politics, voted in same ways as the cities in which they lived.
        • Patronage societies such as Tammany Hall provided social security to ensure votes off immigrants.
          • Part of the Democratic Party, overtook  Republicans
            • Many American's concerned it went against 'Jefferson Ideal'
            • A lot of American's did vote Democrat, less popular in Northern cities.
        • Immigrants often Catholic, loyalties to foreign Pope.
          • American's questioned whether they should be trusted to stay patriotic.
            • American's overtook Plains Indians, feared immigrants would do the same to them.
      • SOCIAL
        • American's used immigrants as scapegoats, blamed for ills of society.
          • Prohibition.
            • Blamed problems with drink on Catholics, Irish and Germans, creating more discrimination.
        • Most immigrants lived in own districts, didn't attempt to integrate- easier targets.
          • American's feared rapid change and because of sudden difference fear grew more.
  • Government realised opportunities for cheap labour after setting up immigration bureau during the civil war.
    • ECONOMY
      • Negative impact triggered the fear of mass immigration.

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