American Immigration Policies 1917-1927

Immigration Policies
Led to immigration dropping from 4,000,000 to 500,000 per year.
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1917: Literacy tests
Designed to test literacy skills of applicants; did not have to be able to read and write in English. Passing these tests was dependent on knowledge of American history and geography.
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1921: Quota Act
Reduced immigration from Eastern and Southern Europe to 3% of the 1910 Census. Exceptions made for professionals e.g. nurses, artists. No restrictions on Canadian or Latin American immigrants.
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1924: Johnson-Reed Immigration Act
Reduced immigration from Eastern and Southern Europe to 2% of the 1890 Census. Prevented immigration from China and Japan.
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1927: National Origins Act
Maximum of immigrants from anywhere capped at 150,000, with none from China or Japan.
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1917: Literacy tests

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Designed to test literacy skills of applicants; did not have to be able to read and write in English. Passing these tests was dependent on knowledge of American history and geography.

Card 3

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1921: Quota Act

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Card 4

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1924: Johnson-Reed Immigration Act

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Card 5

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1927: National Origins Act

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