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Imigration and Discrimination in the 1920s Beginning in the early nineteenth century there were massive waves of immigration These new immigants were largely from Italy Russia and Ireland There was a mixed reaction to these incomming foreigners While they provided industries with a cheap source of labor Americans were both afraid of and hostile towards these new groups They differed from the typical American in language customs and religion Many individuals and industries alike played upon Americas fears of immigration to further their own goals Leuchtenburg follows this common theme from the beginning of World War I up untill the election of 1928 If there was one man who singlely used Americas fear of immigrants to advance his own political goals it was Attorney General Palmer The rise of Communism in Russia created a fear of its spread across Europe and to America Palmer tied this fear to that of immigration He denounced labor unions the Socialist party and the Communist party in America as being infultrated with radicals who sought to overturn Americas political economic and social institutions Palmer exasperated this fear in Americans and then presented himself as the countrys savior combatting the evils of Communism He mainly centered his attack on Russian immigrants During the infamous Palmer raids thousands of aliens were deported and even more were arrested on little or no evidence Their civil liberties were violated they were not told the reasons for their arrests denied counsel and not given fair trials What followed was an investigation of Palmer led by Louis Post which overturned many of Palmers actions Palmers cretability was shattered after in a last minute attempt to gain the 1920 presidencial nomination he made predictions about a May Day radical uprising the nation perpared itself but on May 1st 1920 all was peaceful While the raids had stopped the hostilities towards immagrants still remained prevelent Immigrants were used by organized industries as a source
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