A Speech By Robert H. Clancy

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The article from the FTR documents that stood out to me the most was an excerpt of a speech by Robert H. Clancy, a Republican congressman from Detroit with a large immigrant constituency, in which he defended the “Americanism” of Jewish, Italian, and Polish immigrants and attacked the quota provisions of the bill as racially discriminatory and “un-American.” This speech was made after the WWI economic recession associated with labor unrest and in response to the Immigration Act of 1924. The Immigration Act was a United States federal law that limited the annual number of immigrants who could be admitted from any country to 2% of the number of people from that country who were already living in the United States in 1890, down from the 3% cap set by the Immigration Restriction Act of 1921, according to the Census of 1890. The law was primarily aimed at further restricting immigration of Southern Europeans and Eastern Europeans, but illustrated how white Americans reject anyone who doesn’t fit their ideal white educated mold. Old immigrants were generally Northern and Western European citizens who were successful contributors to American culture and entrepreneurship. Germany, the UK, and Ireland made up the majority of the Old immigrants. These immigrants typically had better education and more money. Although they faced the force of Nativism when they first arrived, they were shortly accepted by society. They assimilated smoothly enough into America and as the 1890s began,
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