U.S. Minorities

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U.S Minorities for Social Justice and Ethics class

U.S Minorities for Social Justice and Ethics class

Today, there are many minority groups are present inside the United States of America. But, Jewish minority is facing severe problems nowadays. The Jewish immigration to the United States of America began in 1654 when 15,000 Jews fled from Brazil, Portugal, Spain, Bordeaux, and etc. Religious intolerance was, is, and will always be rampant around the world, even here in the United States, and that issue is what prompted the first wave of Jewish immigration. This number rose in the 1800's to about 250,000 over eighty years. The influx of Jewish immigrants rose considerably between 1924 and 1944. (Cohen, 1992) Jewish immigrants were desperate to escape the oppression that the Nazis, who came into complete power with the supreme control of Hitler in 1933, were inflicting or about to inflict; and between 1945 and 1960, after the Holocaust the number of surviving Jews that emigrated from European countries was over 250,000. (Cohen, 1992) Finally today, as many as 50,000 Jews immigrate into the United States per year.

The prejudice faced by Jewish immigrants in the United States has been an ongoing battle for centuries, and is still going on today, although greatly declining. (Whitfield, 1999) The most notable event to begin the sweeping anti-Semitism in the United States was in 1918. A general resentment towards minority groups swept across the United States, and the Jews were just a fraction of the people victimized by this resentment, jump started by Russian anti-Semitic propaganda, spread after the First World War. In the 1920's Jews were identified with political radicalism, bolstering the anti-Semitic feelings of the United States, with a noteworthy if only temporary supporter of the movement being Henry Ford, who wrote a scathing anti-Semitic article for ...
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