Roaring Twenties By:Luis Fernandez

Immigration

The 1920's were filled with hardships for immigrants, these years brought legislation changes and showcased the racism and hatred of people and F. Scott Fitzgerald demonstrated this in his novel "The Great Gatsby". Between 1880 and 1920 more than 25 million foreigners immigrated to America. These people were know as the new immigrated to America such as Italian, Jews and Slavs however, not many of them stayed mainly the young men immigrated in hopes that they could earn more money that they would in their own country. Between 50% and 80% of the immigrants ended up moving back to their homeland. Only the Irish and the Jewish stayed due to religious persecution, political oppression, and economic privation that was occurring at their homeland. People that were witnessing these things fled to America to escape it America's economy was booming, therefore it attracted more people trying to get away, away from poverty. America was then known as the land of the opportunity due to the amount of good paying jobs. The people who were already born in america saw the new immigration as competition. Since the immigrants would work for less pay , her felt that this would cause the amounts they earned to drop. Also the immigrants would work in poorer conditions, making it more dangerous for all workers. The american in 1920s were very racist.

Women Suffrage

On Election Day in 1920, millions of American women exercised their right to vote for the first time. It took activists and reformers nearly 100 years to win that right, and the campaign was not easy: Disagreements over strategy threatened to cripple the movement more than once. But on August 26, 1920, the 19th Amendment to the Constitution was finally ratified, enfranchising all American women and declaring for the first time that they, like men, deserve all the rights and responsibilities of citizenship.The campaign for women’s suffrage began in earnest in the decades before the Civil War. During the 1820s and 30s, most states had extended the franchise to all white men, regardless of how much money or property they had. At the same time, all sorts of reform groups were proliferating across the United States–temperance clubs, religious movements and moral-reform societies, anti-slavery organizations–and in many of these, women played a prominent role. Meanwhile, many American women were beginning to chafe against what historians have called the “Cult of True Womanhood”: that is, the idea that the only “true” woman was a pious, submissive wife and mother concerned exclusively with home and family.

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