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Why did people immigrate to America
between 1890 and 1920?
Pull Factors of America
Jobs
Rise in big business meant an abundance of jobs in America
Immigrants would work for lower wages so many companies encourages an large immigrant
work force
Higher wages
Low taxes
Freedom
America was seen as…

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o The economy soon became unstable and inflation affected many, especially the poor
o Poverty grew, making it difficult for many to afford even basic necessities
o America was seen as a solution for many as a new start and a way to improve their
economic state
o Agriculture was…

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o Between February and October 1917, the power struggle between the communist
government and those faithful to Tsar Nicolaus grew, leading to a civil war
o This civil war mean that a wave of Russians left to go to America to avoid another, as
the horrors of world war I…

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In the 1850s, the anti-immigrant, anti-Catholic American Party (also called the
Know-Nothings) tried to severely curb immigration, and even ran a candidate, former U.S.
president Millard Fillmore (1800-1874), in the presidential election of 1856
Between 1880 and 1920, a time of rapid industrialization and urbanization, America
received more than 20…

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Married Woman's Act 1922
The Married Woman's Act, aka the Cable Act, stated that any female US Citizen
who married an alien ineligible for citizenship would then lose her own citizenship
Immigration Act of 1924
Created a quota system that restricted entry to 2 percent of the total number of…

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o The prejudice and discrimination towards Italian Immigration to America
was based on the fear of unemployment, the Catholic religion, language
and customs
o Many Italians also came to America with the purpose of getting a job with
better wages and returning home with the new prosperity from America,
many…

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o The Chinese Exclusion Act was only intended to cover a period of 10 years
later but additional laws were passed extending the period of exclusion.
The 1882 Chinese Exclusion Act expired in 1892 but it was extended it for
10 years through the Geary Act on Immigration
o The…

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