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Revision Questions – The USA, a nation of contrasts, 1910-1929 The main political and social challenges facing America Think about: • • • • • • • • • • • • • • Why did people emigrate to the USA? Why was there opposition to immigration? Why was there a fear of political extremism in the USA? Why was the Sacco and Vanzetti case important? What was religious Fundamentalism? What was the experience of black Americans and racial minorities in the 1920s? What was the Ku Klux Klan? Why was no action taken against the Ku Klux Klan? How were Native Americans treated? Why was Prohibition introduced? What effects did Prohibition have on US society? Why did Prohibition come to an end? What was the era of the gangster? What was the extent of government corruption and scandal? 1. Describe the key features of restrictions placed on immigration into the USA in the 1920s. 2. What was meant by ‘Americanisation’? 3. Explain why there was a growth in opposition to immigration into the USA. 4. Explain why there was a fear of revolution in the USA in 1919. 5. Describe the Palmer Raids. 6. Explain why Sacco and Vanzetti did not receive a fair trial. 7. Was the fear of Communism the most important reason for the restrictions on immigration in the USA in the 1920s? Explain your answer fully. You may wish to discuss the following in your answer. You should give a two-sided answer to this question: • • discuss the fear of communism and its impact discuss other factors which led to the restriction in the number of immigrants being allowed to enter the USA and give a judgement.

1910-29 USA revision questions

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