Nativism in the 1800s and 1900s. During the colonial era and even after the United States gained independence , Americans favored immigration. Until the 1870s, i mmigrants were welcomed. But over time, American views on immigration changed.
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During the colonial era and even after the United States gained independence, Americans favored immigration.
Of course, Americans viewed immigration from different perspectives.
Government restrictions ranged from the number of people who could enter the U.S from various regions to health screenings and literacy tests.
The nativist movement was a movement that was against immigration and favored American-born citizens.
Of course, as government policies towards immigrants changed, immigrants had to get used to the new system, a system that required more from them, like passing examinations.
Even more restrictive was The Chinese Exclusion Act which was passed on May 6, 1882.
Quotas were set for different ethnic groups entering the United States.
Still, there were many facilities set up to receive immigrants as soon they landed in America.
The “New Immigrants” from central and southern Europe faced new barriers to immigration.