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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- 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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- 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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- 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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- 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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