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What does WASP stand for?

W - white
A - anglo
S - saxon
P - prosetants


Why did people want to come to America?

- To find better jobs and wages
- To escape from war in their country
- Due to overcrowding in Europe
- To get better opportunities and dreams - the American Dream


What was the Immigration Law in 1917?

The Immigration Law was the law that required all foreigners to take a literacy test before coming to the USA.


What was the Immigration Quota Act in 1921?

This was introduced to set a maximum number of immigrants allowed into the USA each year. The number allowed was 357,000 but this was dropped to 150,000 in 1929.


What was the Red Scare?

The Red Scare was the fear that immigrants might be bringing socialist ideas with them.


What was the Sacco and Vanzetti case?

In April 1920, a shoe factory was robbed with the robbers taking $16,000 and killing two members. A month later, Sacco and Vanzetti were arrested and charged with the murders. The reason why they were arrested was because they were both carrying firearms, but it was also because they were anarchists and police were biased about the situation. A biased judge then found them to be guilty and charged them to death because of the murders. For 6 years, Sacco and Vanzetti pleased not guilty and tried to get a retrial. Even after someone confessed to the murders, Sacco and Vanzetti were still killed on the electric chair in August 1927.


Who were the Klu Klux Klan?

- They were a terrorist group who started in the South of America to preserve white supremacy.
- By 1925, the KKK reached a peak of 5 million members.
- The KKK benefited anti-foreigners which was generated from WW1.


Who did the KKK target?

The KKK targeted Jews, foreigners, Catholics, homosexuals, blacks and anyone of Liberal views.