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AMH 2907 10/26-10/30

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AMH 2907 10/26-10/30 amh 2097

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American History race and ethnicity
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Date Created: 11/01/15
Monday October 26 th  Race and Eugenics (Progressive Era) o In 1900 South Dakota was the most diverse state  Over 71% of the population were born outside the US o The first limitation in immigration were passes in 1880’s  Chinese Sedition Acts  In 1886 Chines employer convinced Supreme Court to allow the  purchase of immigration regardless of race and citizen status o In 1899 Supreme Court stated that anyone born in the US was a US citizen o During this time  Groups such as Jews, Italian, Irish, etc.  Were not considered white  Considered lower than native born   Considered either at he same level or bellow blacks o Eugenic  Study that claims we are products of the genetic background of our parents  One can be prone to alcoholism, criminality, insanity, etc.  Believed selective breeding was necessary to better society  WWI o Different then any previous ear fought by American and Europeans  Changes in technology  Machine guns, aircrafts, weapons  England and France and allies (US) vs. Germany and its allies o Impact on American society and culture  During this time period America became apart of world affairs  The war allowed the federal government to take on new power that they previously never possessed  More than then 24 million men entered the draft  Government  o Oversaw materials, supplies, o Oversaw railroads o Oversaw crops o Established War Labor Board (ensured wages rose) o Government and business joined forces  “Freedom of speech and opinion rests on no solid foundation”  The war helped promote patriotism and national unity  Helped popularize the Progressive movement on a world  stage  Between 1914­1918 Americans had began to help the British for  the first time since the Revolution  Progressives supported President Wilson joining of the war o Opposition to the war  Emma Golden opposed war and the draft  Was deported from the US for her political views along  with other activists like her  Socialist party became popular  Though not officially anti war there party was associated  with the movement o Committee on Public Information  Program created by the federal government to persuade public  opinion  Broadcasted pro­war messages through advertisement,  movies, etc. o Espionage and Sedition Acts  Prohibited spying and any actions that would negatively affect the  draft and war  Primarily aimed at newspaper  Sedition Act   Made speech against he form of the government or harmed  the war effort illegal  Government worked hard to enforce and promote a pro­war /  patriotic attitude  Used investigations, bonds, etc. to force citizens to oblige o Immigration  Following war people of other non American backgrounds were  viewed as suspicious specifically German Americans  Anti war attitudes lead to the actual bullying of the  immigration groups  By 1890’s states began banning the writing and speaking of  fothign languages Wednesday October 28  – Class Cancelled Friday October 30  Louis Adamic and cultural pluralism o 1920’s  Automobiles  Production tripled  By 1929 half of American families owned cars o Helped increase the steel, tourism, and oil industries  Electric Power  Consumer Items o Made home life easier o Purchased mostly on credit   Increased debt   Looked down upon greatly  Leisure  Americans began spending money on movies, sports, etc  Radio Broadcast skyrocketed  Over 5 million radio broadcasts by 1929  Following celebrities became normal o Babe Ruth  Security  Employers began offering health insurance, other things to  benefit employees  Wanted to limit union uprisings and capabilities  Louis Adamic  Cultural Pluralism o The idea that people who adapted from other  countries needed to become 100 percent American  Louis Adamic o Argued that one could still keep aspects of their old  countries and be American o He wrote many articles, journals, etc o Called for acceptance of ethnic difference o He considered ethnicity “a characteristic that could  not be changed or ignored in life” o Said that Nativists wanted to rob immigrants of the  tools necessary for survival in American society  Hebert Hoover and Al Smith o The Great Depression  As the 1920’s was of political social change the 1930’s was as well  Prior to the Great Depression poverty was seen as self caused  Economic security was seen as a key element in freedom  Freedom required economic security o Social security, minimum wage, unemployment, etc are all factors of this time period o Hebert Hoover  President elected in 1928  Born in Iowa  Son of a blacksmith and school teacher  Was a mining engineer  After WWI, directed American food relief to Europe  Sent food to civilians in Europe  Led to his rising popularity  Had strong ideas on American capitalism  Promised while campaigning that poverty would be eliminated o Al Smith  Ran against Hebert hoover  Born in poverty  Came in politics through Demine Hall in New York  (Democrat)  Parents were Irish  Catholics  Wanted to   Establish limits to women and child work  Stop prohibition  Nativist blocked his 1928 election campaign  Eventually became president later  Seen as unpopular because he was an immigrant and Catholic  Black Thursday – October 24, 1929 o The technical date of the US Great Depression  Official day the US stock crashed  Over 10 billion dollars lost in 5 hours  People purchased stocks on margins (credit) o The crash destroyed investment companies, and  consumer  Business were forced to lay off  Caused a large distrust between rich and poor  Stock hit an all time low in 1932  225,00 full time workers in 1929 by 1932 0 full time workers  Most wealthy people remained wealthy  However wealth needed to be hid o Usually overseas  Prices dropped 40 percent  Unemployment rate was 25 percent  Employers refused to hire for outrageous reasons o Weight o Appearance o Age o Marital Status o Religious Affiliations  These circumstances caused actual depression amongst the  population  Depression and American Culture o Hungry people lined the streets  At peak over 4000 children received food aid a ay o People hoarded items o Obsessively saved money o Affected how people viewed  Government  Crime  Banking  Marriage  Birthrate dropped  Divorce rates dropped o Restaurants were empty o Car registration, license renewal, traveling stopped o Social clubs dropped o Less mail being sent o American colleges had to increase food budget o Reading, Radio were common hobbies o People viewed jobs as privileges o Hoovervilles  The result of failed economic ideas of Hoover  Towns of poor people o During this time period the federal government did not have to provide  assistance o Charities were selective eon who they helped o If you accepted relief  One could be denied the right to vote


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