America from 1880 to 1920
For 10 years, we had the Chinese Exclusion Act in effect which prohibited Chinese immigrants from coming into the United States. Other immigrants would take jobs that put Americans out of work, because these immigrants would work for very little pay. Reasons for immigration come from push and pull factors.
Push factors: famine, poverty, religious non-freedom
Pull Factors: freedoms, economic opportunities, land
The Graduated Income Tax, the 16th amendment, was added at this time. It stated that the more money you make, the more taxes you pay. We were also introduced to the Pure Food and Drug Act. Thanks to Upton Sinclair's "The Jungle", and some bad meat the soldiers received, companies had to start to label their food products with ingredients and expiration dates. The suffrage movement also took place at this time. Alice Paul and the National Women's Party fought for voting rights by striking outside the White House and calling President Wilson a hypocrite. It worked, and eventually the 19th amendment was passed.