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Changes and Events leading to the Immigration Act of 1924 Although there are many different and complex reasons to why the Immigration Act of 1924 was passed I will focus on the conception of eugenics that was present before this act and also the general ill- sentiment towards immigrants and racism leading up to the passing of this act The implications of the National Origins Act Immigration Act will also be discussed as they pertained particularly to Asians and southeastern Europeans The major triumph of the advocates of eugenics was the Immigration Act of 1924 Eugenics was a big reason why Asians and these southeastern Europeans werent wanted or allowed into the country The reason for this was because of the popular belief even the belief of popular sociologists at the time that the Mediterranean Europeans were morally inferior compared to the northern Europeans The end of World War I was a period when racism was on a rise because of the patriotism and loyalty that native Americans felt at the time At this time immigrants were not popular because of the fact that they were driving out the white labor The idea of eugenics was a popular one in the early 1900s which eventually lead to the Immigration Act of 1924 Eugenics is an idea that may sound absurd but it was a popular belief among nativists and is and idea expressed by some popele in todays society There are different types of eugenics but the type that was used to classify immigrants was based mostly on physical characteristics that were thought to be subordinate It was actually a popular belief that many of the southern and eastern Europeans were physically distorted in some ways such as crania distortion and asymmetrical faces which automatically made them inferior The growing popularity of the notion of eugenics is evident in some of the legislation that was passed at the time The target of eugenics
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