December 1929 (Madelyn Jensen and Morgan West)
HOT TOPIC: Nativism
Limited immigration was strictly implied in the past few years.
The National Origins Act of 1924 as of the past two years has been allowing a strict limit of 150,000 immigrants into the United States.
The Immigration Act of 1924, still affecting us this year, also limited the amount of immigrants allowed to come to the United States. Those that we let in with this act were Americanized making up only 2% of our nation's population. Although we completely disregarded any immigrants from Asia.
The Emergency Quota Law of 1921 placed a quota, or an amount, on the amount of immigrants allowed from a certain country. This law however did not affect government officials and their families, tourists, or temporary workers.
The emergence of the Ku Klux Klan was also a result of nativism. They have claimed to control 24 of the 48 state legislatures. They held parades and rallies to rail against immigrants, Catholics, Jews, blacks and organized labor. Their peak in this time period had exceeded 4 million people in the United States alone. Their rage was built upon the assimilation of immigrants into the U.S.
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LETTER TO THE EDITOR
I’m writing to express my concern about the October Stock Market crash. Although the crash itself lasted only 4 days, the effects are only getting worse.
I was a factory worker up until I lost my job last week. My brother and his wife moved into our house last month after he was also let go from his job. As a father and a husband, each day that goes by my family is another step closer to losing our house. Many other families are in the same situation we are. We don’t know how long we can keep paying for food because once the money's gone, there’s no way to make more.
Our church has created a shelter for homeless and are asking for food donations, but space is almost already full and the income from tithes is lowering. While teachers are trying to cut costs as much as possible, rumors are going around that schools will begin closing due to lack of money. Parents are worried.
I urge your readers to donate what they can and to contact the government for the creation of relief programs to help ensure families will have a place to sleep and food to eat despite being broke.
Sincerely,James M. Lolly