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Immigration and Discrimination in the 1920s Beginning in the early nineteenth century there were massive waves ofimmigration These new immigants were largely from Italy Russia andIreland There was a mixed reaction to these incomming foreigners Whilethey provided industries with a cheap source of labor Americans were bothafraid of and hostile towards these new groups They differed from thetypical American in language customs and religion Many individuals andindustries alike played upon Americas fears of immigration to further theirown goals Leuchtenburg follows this common theme from the beginning ofWorld War I up untill the election of 1928 If there was one man who singlely used Americas fear of immigrants toadvance his own political goals it was Attorney General Palmer The rise ofCommunism in Russia created a fear of its spread across Europe and toAmerica Palmer tied this fear to that of immigration He denounced laborunions the Socialist party and the Communist party in America as beinginfultrated with radicals who sought to overturn Americas politicaleconomic and social institutions Palmer exasperated this fear in Americansand then presented himself as the countrys savior combatting the evils ofCommunism He mainly centered his attack on Russian immigrants During theinfamous Palmer raids thousands of aliens were deported and even more werearrested on little or no evidence Their civil liberties were violatedthey were not told the reasons for their arrests denied counsel and notgiven fair trials What followed was an investigation of Palmer led by LouisPost which overturned many of Palmers actions Palmers cretability wasshattered after in a last minute attempt to gain the 1920 presidencialnomination he made predictions about a May Day radical uprising the nationperpared itself but on May 1st 1920 all was peaceful While the raids hadstopped the hostilities towards immagrants still remained prevelent Immigrants were used by organized industries as a source of cheap laborBut as labor unions began to form and push for better pay shorter hoursand improved
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