… of our values and our way of life would disintegrate.
Americanization programs for immigrants at the turn of the century were a bad idea because it assumed that new immigrants could adjust to the climate of American life and become productive citizens. The program assumes that immigrants will want to embrace American ideals, taking away their right to embrace and preserve their own culture.
The program also led to emigration laws that excluded Asians from becoming American citizens. Nonetheless, the relationship between Americanism and race inspired an ultimate transformation in immigration policy.
1. Report to congress: Americanization and integration. 1997. U.S. Commission on Immigration Reform. December 10, 2002. <http://www.utexas.edu/lbj/uscir/becoming/americanization.html>.
2. Foner, Eric. Race and the progressive movement. 2002. Fathom Knowledge Network. December 10, 2002. Fathom Knowledge Network. <http://www.fathom.com/feature/121863>.