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Brewman_Jax Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-24-08 03:12 PM
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128. Immigrants, discrimination, and Jim Crow
No question that a lot of the new immigrants, esp. the waves from Ireland, then southern and eastern Europe were met with resistance and discrimination. What so few realize was that those above-mentioned immigrants were met with social discrimination, which was discrimination by social convention, not by law. Those immigrants and their descendants assimilated over time into US society. Their basic civil rights were maybe curtailed, but never endangered. They could become citizens, buy land, travel freely, etc. Black people did not get the same consideration, and neither did American Indians, Asians, or Mexicans.
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