TitleImmigration atrocities In the “Land of Opportunity”
NameSeliman, Amir (author), Banner, Kenneth (chair), Rutgers University, Camden Graduate School,
Emigration and immigration law--United States,
Social justice--United States
DescriptionAmerica has been the home to many different immigrant groups since its discovery by European explorers in the 15th century. By the mid to late 19th century, scores of people such as: Italians, Irish, Germans, Japanese, and Jewish, came to the “land of opportunity” to escape their native lands due to economic hardships, political corruption, and even religious persecution. Upon arrival, these groups would face harsh treatment from the American government and its people one way or another due to political propaganda. Some groups have received a form of reparations or another, while others have yet to receive a simple apology for their ordeals that their ancestors suffered. Various resources have been utilized to examine and understand why and how these ethnic groups were scrutinized and who was really at fault for instigating such atrocious acts. Some groups were barred from jobs, while others were taken away from their homes and placed in internment camps only because they were deemed “enemies” of the United States when WWII was fought. American was involved in of the most controversial foreign policy decisions ever when they decided not to take in the Jews that were aboard the SS St. Louis and would cost these poor souls their lives at the hands of the Nazis. All of these ethnic groups came to America for its opportunities such as jobs, housing, freedom from religious persecution, and the idea of living the American dream. It is a real shame that countless lives were lost during this xenophobic hysteria that took place in the democratic republic of the United States of America. There is no question that all of this could have been prevented if the government was not so ignorant with their discriminating propaganda. The bottom line was that someone like a President Roosevelt and Wilson only cared about keeping their citizens happy to do whatever means necessary in order to win their support for re-election. Instead of focusing on the safety and well-being of its citizens regardless of origin, politicians only cared about winning votes.
NoteIncludes bibliographical references
Noteby Amir Seliman
CollectionCamden Graduate School Electronic Theses and Dissertations
Organization NameRutgers, The State University of New Jersey
RightsThe author owns the copyright to this work.