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Title: New Immigrants

New Immigrants
  • The Main Idea
  • A new wave of immigrants came to the United
    States in the late 1800s, settling in cities and
    troubling some native-born Americans.
  • Reading Focus
  • How did patterns of immigration change at the
    turn of the century?
  • Why did immigrants come to America in the late
    1800s, and where did they settle?
  • How did nativists respond to the new wave of

Changing Patterns of Immigration
  • The old immigrants
  • 10 million immigrants came between 1800 and 1900.
    Known as the old immigrants, they came from
    Northern and Western Europe.
  • Most were Protestant Christians, and their
    cultures were similar to the original settlers.
  • They came to have a voice in their government, to
    escape political turmoil, for religious freedom,
    or fleeing poverty and starvation.
  • Most immigrants came for economic opportunity,
    attracted to the open farm land in the United
  • Chinese immigrants had been lured by the gold
    rush and jobs building railroads.
  • The new immigrants
  • From 1880 to 1910, a new wave brought 18 million
    people to America.
  • Most came from Southern and Eastern Europe.
  • They were Roman Catholics, Orthodox Christians
    and Jews. Arabs, Armenians, and French Canadians
    came as well.
  • Smaller numbers came from East Asia. Severe
    immigration laws reduced Chinese immigration, but
    90,000 people of Chinese descent lived in the
    U.S. by 1900. Japanese immigrants arrived by way
    of Hawaii.
  • The makeup of the American population had
    changed. By 1910 about 1 in 12 Americans were

Coming to America
  • Desire for a better life
  • Most immigrants were seeking a new life, but they
    left their homelands for many reasons, including
    religious persecution, poverty, and little
    economic opportunity. If you were willing to work
    hard in America, prosperity was possible.
  • The journey to America
  • The decision to come involved the entire family.
    Usually the father went first and sent for the
    rest of the family later. Travelers made their
    way to a port city by train, wagon, or foot to
    wait for a departing ship. They had to pass an
    inspection to board, and prove they had some
    money. Most traveled cheaply, in steerage, and
    they still had to make it through the immigration
  • Ellis Island
  • Opening in 1892 as an immigration station, 112
    million immigrants passed through Ellis Island.
    Immigrants had to pass inspection before they
    were allowed to enter.

Coming to America
Angel Island
West Coast immigrants were processed in San
Francisco at Angel Island. Many Chinese
immigrants were detained in prison-like
conditions while awaiting a ruling. Poverty and
discrimination awaited many newcomers.
Building urban communities
Many new immigrants lived in poor housing in
teeming slums near the factories where they found
work. In the Northeast and Midwest, immigrants
settled near others from their homeland. Cities
became a patchwork of ethnic clusters. Residents
established churches and synagogues to practice
their religious faith. They formed benevolent
societies, aid organizations to help new
immigrants obtain jobs, health care, and
Nativists Respond
Threat to society
Some native-born Americans saw immigrants as
threats to society. Nativists felt they brought
crime and poverty and accepted jobs for lower
wages, keeping wages low for everyone. They
wanted to close Americas doors to immigration.
Limiting Chinese immigration
Chinese workers were tolerated during good times,
but with a worsening economy Denis Kearney led
an active opposition to their presence. Chinese
workers were not allowed state jobs, and local
governments could ban them from communities or
restrict them to certain areas. The Chinese
Exclusion Act was passed in 1882, banning Chinese
immigration for 10 years. None of the Chinese in
the U.S. would be allowed citizenship. The law
was renewed in 1892, and Chinese immigration was
banned indefinitely in 1902.
Limits to Immigration
  • Japanese
  • Nativists also resented the Japanese. Japanese
    students in San Francisco were segregated from
    other children.
  • Theodore Roosevelt negotiated a Gentlemens
    Agreement with Japan.
  • No unskilled workers from Japan, and in return
    Japanese children could attend schools with other
  • Other immigrants
  • Nativists opposed immigration from Southern and
    Eastern Europe.
  • They claimed these folks were poor, illiterate,
    and non-Protestant and could not blend into
    American society.
  • They called for a literacy test to see if test
    takers could read English.
  • The Literacy Test Act was passed in 1917, over
    President Wilsons veto.

Americanization occurred in many places.
Newcomers were taught American ways to help them
assimilate. They learned English literacy skills
and American history and government.
Urban Life
  • The Main Idea
  • In cities in the late 1800s, people in the upper,
    middle, and lower classes lived different kinds
    of lives because of their different economic
  • Reading Focus
  • How did American cities change in the late 1800s?
  • How did class differences affect the way urban
    dwellers lived?
  • How did the settlement house movement work to
    improve living conditions for immigrants and poor

American Cities Change
  • Compact cities
  • Before industrialization, cities had no tall
    buildings and most people lived within walking
    distance of their work, schools, shops, and
    churches. In the late 1880s, they ran out of room
    and started to build up.
  • Tall buildings and transportation
  • Steel frames and Elisha Otiss safety elevator
    made taller buildings possible. With mass
    transit, people moved farther away.
  • Green spaces
  • Urban planning was used to map out the best use
    of space in cities. Frederick Law Olmsted
    designed city parks to provide residents with
    countryside. New Yorks Central Park is his most
    famous endeavor.

Class Differences
The wealthy in America inherited fortunes, but
they made them from industry and business as
The newly rich made a point of conspicuously
displaying their wealth. Grand city houses and
magnificent country estates were commonplace.
High-society women read instructional
literature detailing proper behavior. The ideal
woman was a homemaker who organized and decorated
her home entertained visitors and supervised her
staff and offered moral and social guidance to
her family. Some women lent their time and
money to social reform efforts.
Class Differences
  • The middle class
  • The urban middle class grew as jobs for
    accountants, clerks, managers, and salespeople
  • Educated workers like teachers, engineers,
    lawyers, and doctors were needed.
  • The rise of professionalism required standardized
    skills and qualifications for certain
  • Married women managed a home. With time for other
    activities, some participated in reform work or
    other activities, expanding their influence to
    the outside world.
  • The working class
  • Many lived in poverty, with a growing population
    keeping wages low.
  • Housing shortages led to crowded and unsanitary
    tenement conditions.
  • Housekeeping was difficult with no indoor
    plumbing, water had to be hauled inside from a
  • Clothes were boiled on the stove and hung on
    lines to dry.
  • Many women also worked low-paying jobs outside
    the home.

The Settlement House Movement
  • London reformers
  • Founded the first settlement house in 1884.
    Volunteers provided a variety of services to
    people in need.
  • They taught skills people could use to lift
    themselves from poverty.
  • Hull House
  • Jane Addams founded Hull House, one of the first
    settlement houses in the U.S., and the movement
    spread quickly. The movement gave women the
    opportunity to lead, organize, and work for
  • Religious views
  • The Social Gospel was the idea that religious
    faith should be expressed through good works and
    that churches had a moral duty to help solve
    societys problems.
  • Social Darwinists disagreed they felt people
    were poor because of their own deficiencies.

Politics in the Gilded Age
  • The Main Idea
  • Political corruption was common in the late
    1800s, but reformers began fighting for changes
    to make government more honest.
  • Reading Focus
  • How did political machines control politics in
    major cities?
  • What efforts were made to reduce political
  • How did the Populist movement give farmers
    political power?

Political Machines
  • Political Machinewas an informal group of
    professional politicians controlling the local
    government who often resorted to corrupt methods
    for dealing with urban problems.
  • Immigrantswere a loyal support base for the
    political machines. In Boston, the Irish rose in
    the ranks to control the political machine in
    that city.
  • CorruptionPolitical machines used illegal
    tactics to maintain control, buying voter support
    and resorting to election fraud.
  • The Tweed Ringwas a notorious political machine
    headed by William Marcy Tweed.
  • Thomas Nasta political cartoonist who attacked
    the corruption in Harpers Weekly.

Federal Corruption
Grants presidency was marred by several
scandals. Crédit Mobilier cost the taxpayers 23
million and tainted the nations leaders. The
Whiskey Ring was responsible for diverting tax
Hayes and reform
Reformers wanted to end the spoils system, and
the next president agreed. Hayes issued an
executive order that prohibited government
employees from managing political parties or
campaigns. The Stalwarts wanted to continue the
spoils system.
Civil service reform
Republicans compromised on James A. Garfield as
the next president, but he was assassinated four
months after taking office. His successor,
Chester A. Arthur, turned against the spoils
system and passed the Pendleton Civil Service
Reform Act.
The Populist Movement
  • Farmers hardships
  • Crop prices were falling, and farmers had to
    repay loans.
  • Railroads were charging high fees for transport
  • Merchants made money from farm equipment.
  • Everyone made money but the farmer doing the work
  • Outraged farmers organized to help themselves.
  • Local groups formed to aid farmers
  • The National Grange
  • First major farmers organization
  • Campaigned to unite farmers from all over
  • As membership grew, pushed for political reform
    and targeted railroad rates
  • Munn v. Illinois gave state legislatures the
    right to regulate businesses that involved the
    public interest.
  • Wabash v. Illinoisfederal government could
    regulate railroad traffic.

The Alliance Movement and money supply
The Farmers Alliance helped with practical needs
such as buying equipment or marketing farm
products. They also lobbied for banking reform
and railroad rate regulation.
In the South, the Colored Farmers Alliance
formed. With more than 1 million members, the
Alliance advocated hard work and sacrifice as
keys to gaining equality in society.
The Alliances felt that an expanded money supply
would help farmers by inflating prices, with
inflation easing farmers debt burden. Money was
tied to the gold standard, and farmers wanted it
to be backed by silver as well. Now politically
active, candidates supported by the Alliance won
more than 40 seats in Congress and four
The Populist Party
  • Encouraged by their clout in national elections,
    the Alliance decided to form a national political
    party. The Peoples Party was born in Nebraska in
    July 1892. This coalition of farmers, labor
    leaders, and reformers became known as the
    Populist Party.
  • Party PlatformSupported the National Grange and
    Alliance demands, with a platform calling for an
    income tax, bank regulation, government ownership
    of railroad and telegraph companies, and free
    coinage of silver.
  • 1892 electionSpeaking for the common people
    against the ruling elite, the Populists took
    several state offices and won seats in Congress.

Economic Depression and a New Election
  • The Panic of 1893
  • The nation plunged into another depression,
    investors pulled out of the stock market, and
    businesses collapsed.
  • Cleveland focused on silver as a cause of the
    national depression. When silver decreased in
    value, people rushed to exchange paper money for
  • Cleveland called for Congress to repeal the
    Sherman Silver Purchase Act. The country stayed
    on the gold standard.
  • The election of 1896
  • William McKinley, a believer in the gold
    standard, was the Republican nominee, and the
    Democratic candidate was William Jennings Bryan.
  • Bryan hailed the free coinage of silver as the
    key to prosperity.
  • The Populists threw their support to Bryan.
  • McKinley won the election, and the Populist Party
    soon faded away. But the groundwork for reform
    was laid.

Segregation and Discrimination
  • The Main Idea
  • The United States in the 1800s was a place of
    great changeand a place in need of even greater
  • Reading Focus
  • What kinds of legalized discrimination did
    African Americans endure after Reconstruction?
  • What informal discrimination did African
    Americans face?
  • Who were the most prominent black leaders of the
    period, and how did their views differ?
  • In what ways did others suffer discrimination in
    the late 1800s?

Legalized Discrimination
  • Restricting the vote
  • Once white Democrats had regained control over
    their state legislatures, they passed poll tax
    and literacy requirements to prevent African
    Americans from voting.
  • Most African Americans were too poor to afford
    the poll tax, and many had been denied the
    education needed to pass the literacy test.
  • Some poor or illiterate white men could not meet
    the requirements, but they were given a
    grandfather clause allowing them to vote.
  • Legalized segregation
  • Designed to create and enforce segregation, Jim
    Crow laws were passed in the South.
  • African Americans filed lawsuits, wanting equal
    treatment under the Civil Rights Act of 1875.
  • In 1883, the Court ruled the Act to be
    unconstitutional, determining the 14th Amendment
    applied only to state governments.
  • Congress had no power over private individuals or

Plessy v. Ferguson
  • Thirteen years later, another key case came
    before the Supreme Court. The matter involved a
    Louisiana state law requiring railroads to
    provide equal but separate accommodations for
    the white and colored races.
  • Homer Plessy sat in a whites-only train
    compartment to test the law and was arrested. He
    appealed based on the 14th Amendment.
  • In Plessy v. Ferguson (1896) the court upheld the
    practice of segregation, with only Justice John
    Marshall Harlan dissenting.
  • The Court ruled that separate but equal
    facilities did not violate the Fourteenth
    Amendment. The Plessy decision allowed legalized
    segregation for nearly sixty years.

Informal Discrimination
Strict rules of behavior, called racial
etiquette, governed social and business
interactions. African Americans were supposed to
know their place and defer to whites in every
Racial etiquette
If an African American failed to speak
respectfully or acted with too much pride or
defiance, the consequences could be serious. The
worst consequence was lynching, the murder of an
individual usually by hanging, without a legal
trial. Between 1882 and 1892, nearly 900 lost
their lives to lynch mobs. Lynchings declined
after 1892, but continued into the early 1900s.
Prominent Black Leaders
With the turn of the century, two different
approaches emerged for improving the lives of
African Americans.
Born into slavery, Booker T. Washington believed
that African Americans should accept segregation
for the moment. Farming and vocational skills
were the key to prosperity, and he founded the
Tuskegee Institute to teach practical skills for
W.E.B. Du Bois, a Harvard-trained professor,
believed in speaking out against prejudice and
striving for full rights immediately. African
Americans should be uplifted through the
talented tenth, their best educated leaders. Du
Bois launched the Niagara Movement to protest
discrimination in 1905. Later, he helped found
the National Association for the Advancement of
Colored People (NAACP).
Others Suffer Discrimination
Mexican Americans
They encountered hostility from white Americans,
often not speaking English well and taking the
most menial jobs for little pay. Debt peonage
tied many of them to their jobs until they could
pay off debts they owed their employer.
Asian Americans
Chinese and Japanese Americans had to live in
segregated neighborhoods and attend separate
schools. Housing was difficult, because most
house owners did not want Chinese tenants.
Several states also forbade marriage with whites.
Native Americans
Native Americans faced continuous government
efforts to stamp out their traditional ways of
life. Children were sent away from their parents
to be Americanized. Reservation life held
little opportunity for economic advancement.
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