Typical American Attitudes after World War I

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Americans in "Bygone America"

  • They were free of labour and racial strife. (Immigration restrictions)
  • There were now fewer foreigners in the country
  • There were NO RADICAL IDEOLOGIES i.e, Communism, Anarchism.
  • People were more attuned to the rythms of small town life
  • People were more devout in fundamentalist Christianity
  • There was less Government interference in people's lives.
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Immigrant Anxieties

  •  Unemployment
  • Racial Discrimination
  • Getting Arrested: Most Americans thought all Italian Immigrants were members of the Mafia, so blamed them for commting most crimes.
  • No Trade unions
  • Not being allowed into America in the first place. (1921 quota act)
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WASP Anxieties

  • WASPs feared being outnumbered by immigrant's and their children.
  • No trade Unions
  • WASPs didn't trust Immigrants due to European revolutions
  • The WASPs wanted to remain Isolationist
  • WASps disliked the influence of Immigrants on politics
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Anti-Communist Anxieties

  • Feared unrestrained Organised marches
  • Concern of left wing ideas
  • Don't trust immigrants
  • Worried about their Position in America because of the spread of Communism/revolutions throughout Europe.
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  • Faced debt due to falling food prices. This was because of over production during the war.
  • Faced competition from Canada
  • Prohibition lead to an overproduction of wheat; this also increased farmer's debts. (The cost of wheat decreased)
  • Dust storms affected the land and it's "Farmability"
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Temperance Members

  • Feared Prohibition not being introduced (The Volstead Act)
  • Feared certain groups would not follow this new law.
  • Feared illegal bars. (Known as "speakesies")
  • Feared Bootlegging and Moonshine.
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  • Saw a demand for higher wages; American citizens wanted to be paid more than the immigrants were allowing.
  • Returning soldiers were unemployed and in need of work the public wanted the businessmen to provide jobs
  • There was a lack of disposable income. (Income left after taxes have been paid)
  • Wilson's League of Nations rejection made Businessmen feel as though there was a return to a "Laissez Faire" attitude.
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