The Immigrant Experience. Emma Lazarus. An American Jew who witnessed other Jews who came to America fleeing a religious massacre in Russia. She was inspired by their suffering a wrote a poem that is at the Statue of Liberty welcoming immigrants.
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A process to become “Americanized” – to talk, dress, and act like their native-born neighbors.
Public schools taught English, most stores only sold American-style clothing, food and other goods. Many employers demanded that immigrants speak English on the jobs!
Nativism typically means opposition to immigration and efforts to lower the political or legal status of specific ethnic groups.