Nativism and The Klan

By Brendan Assencao and Blaise Wong

What is Nativism and the Klan?

The Klan is also known as the KKK but this is the 1920s group. Nativism in an idea that wants to stop all immigration in to the United States.

How is the Klan different than the KKK today?

The klan was different then because in the 1920s they were against or discriminated against Jews, Catholics and Immigrants. In the klan during the 1920s women were becoming apart of it because they saw it as a social freedom. The klan was found common in the state of Indiana. The klan had a huge impact on the decision made by congress restricting some of the immigration numbers in the U.S. The klan had about 4 million members.

What is the National Origins Act?

The National Origins Act was a part of The Immigration Act Of 1924. Due to the Origins Act there was no racial limits or restrictions. The National Origins Act Of 1924 led to the Quota system in 1924. The formula for this act was to make immigrants to become eligible for citizenship which the gave out visa which was like a green card. The visa had to be issued by an american consular officer from the board of immigration. Although the was no racial discrimination there was a limited number of Europeans and no Asians could enter into the United States.

Alfred E. Smith election.

Alfred E. Smith was a 4 time Governor of New York. He was a powerful leader in the 1900's as a political leader. He ran for president but lost to Calvin Coolidge. Continuously, he ran for president but was unable to be elected. He lost momentum in his presidential drive and eventually gave up. Later on, Smith stayed as president of the company that ran the Empire State Building.

What is the Emergency Quota Act?

The Emergency Quota Act is also known as the Emergency Immigration Act. This act was passed on May 19th, 1921. By this act a quota was put on that limited the immigration rate to 3%. The quota affected every country not just the U.S. The main reason the act was passed so many times was because of the over populated areas of immigrants. After the Emergency Quota Act bringing the immigration percent down to 3, it was brought down to 2% by the Immigration Act of 1921. Although the Emergency Quota act lowered immigration percent it had no effect on the growing Latin American immigration rate.