Struggles of Immigrants Essay
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Randall and Morales: Struggles of Immigrants America has long been the land of hopes and dreams People from all over the world came to America for a better life. America was underpopulated. For the country to build and develop, she needed more people, therefore the government passed Act 1802, which invited people to come here and become citizens (Welcome). The native people of the country welcomed everybody to come live and become citizens here. They also claimed that they would respect and appreciate human rights and would not discriminate against people of other nations. Randall and Morales describe the efforts and struggles of immigrants who came to the United States and tried to become her citizens, a thing that in reality is very…show more content…
Before the publication of his book, “Litany of Friends” in 1981, Randall suffered from deep suicide depression, during which he created some of his most original poetry (Randall). Dudley Randall died on August 5, 2000 (Randall). Dudley’s poem “The Melting Pot” (1968) tells about the immigrants problem of identity. The poem speaks about the discrimination experienced by those immigrants. Each of the stanzas consists of four lines (quatrain), except the third and the fourth, which are couplets, and they have rhymes at the end of several lines (Welcome). For the writer this rhyming sound is necessary, that is why in the first stanza he writes “girl or man,” which usually would be girl and boy, or woman and man, to make it rhyme with the word “American” (Welcome). There is a magic melting pot (Barnet) where any girl or man (Barnet) can step in Czech or Greek or Scot, (Barnet) step out American (Barnet). Randall uses a cynical tone to describe America. He calls it a “magic melting pot” because America consists of people from many different nationalities that melt into one new nation. Randall insinuates the country forces the immigrants to leave their identities behind and change it to something new that is more “American.” The second stanza implies people have to change their name and even
Discrimination of Italian Immigrants in American History Essay
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Discrimination of Italian Immigrants in American History
Fear is a great motivator in man. In the 1920s, immigrants were coming over to the United States in mass quantities. Most of these immigrants were from Southern or Eastern Europe, parts of Asia and Mexico. Because these groups differed in culture, race, and religion from the majority of White Americans, as the immigrant population increased, so did hostility and displeasure towards them. Italians made up 11.8%, or 550,460 immigrants between the years of 1920 and 1930 (Historical Statistics, 456). These people received an extraordinary amount of dislike as they differed from white America in so many ways. When people began immigrating to America at the rate of five thousand…show more content…
Organizations such as the Ku Klux Klan became much more prevalent during the 1920s, growing as large as 10 million members across the country. These groups exploited racist and xenophobic tendencies in Americans to induce people to join. They used such phrases in their propaganda like “America for Americans” that caught on quickly with a vast number of people (Byrne). Racism was one of the main causes of animosity towards Italians in America during the 1920s. Italians typically had darker skin that “old stock” Americans such as the English, German, and Dutch, so they were subject to much of the same discrimination faced in African-American, Asian- American, and Latino-American communities (Levinson 475).
Anti-Catholic sentiment was another basis for hostility towards Italian immigrants. Julia Byrne, in her article “Roman Catholics and the American Mainstream in the Twentieth Century” noted:
Anti-Catholic prejudice was alive and even rejuvenated in some quarters in the twentieth century. Protestant "fundamentalists" and other new Christian denominations revived anti-Catholicism as part of an insistence on "original," pre-Rome Christianity.
Americans, goaded on by hate groups, feared that Catholics would pay allegiance to their “foreign King” (the Pope) rather than their new country (Pencak, 110). Although there was a strong argument for this, as much of the Italian immigrant