Background[ edit ] The initial stages of immigrant Americanization began in the s. Prior toforeign immigration to the United States was predominantly from the British Isles. There were other ethnic groups present, such as the French, Swedes and Germans in Colonial times, but comparably, these ethnic groups were a minuscule fraction of the whole.
Themes are the fundamental and often universal ideas explored in a literary work. The Jungle is not a thematically nuanced or complicated novel: Sinclair opts not to explore the psychology of capitalism; instead, he simply presents a long litany of the ugly effects of capitalism on the world.
When socialism is introduced, it is shown to be as good as capitalism is evil; whereas capitalism destroys the many for the benefit of the few, socialism works for the benefit of everyone. It is even speculated that a socialist state could fulfill Christian morality.
The Immigrant Experience and the Hollowness of the American Dream Because the family that Sinclair uses to represent the struggle of the working class under capitalism is a group of Lithuanian immigrants, the novel is also able to explore the plight of immigrants in America.
Jurgis, Teta Elzbieta, and their family come to America based on the promise of high wages and a happy, good life. From the outset, they maintain an unshakable faith in the American Dream—the idea that hard work and morality will yield material success and happiness.
Instead of a land of acceptance and opportunity, they find a place of prejudice and exploitation; instead of a country where hard work and morality lead to success, they find a place where only moral corruption, crime, and graft enable one to succeed materially.
He repeatedly emphasizes that their values of hard work, family togetherness, honesty, and thrift are those of the American reading public.Social theories are analytical frameworks, or paradigms, that are used to study and interpret social phenomena. A tool used by social scientists, social theories relate to historical debates over the validity and reliability of different methodologies (e.g.
positivism and antipositivism), the primacy of either structure or agency, as well as the relationship between contingency and necessity. Population Size and Growth. The nation's million immigrants (legal and illegal) in is the highest number ever in American history. The percent of the nation's population comprised of immigrants in is the highest percentage in 94 years.
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Americanization is the process of an immigrant to the United States of America becoming a person who shares American values, beliefs and customs by assimilating into American society. This process typically involves learning the English language and adjusting to American culture, values and customs.
Enter one or more keyword(s) to see results. Website. Accessibility; Copyright/Disclaimer; Email Encryption. Early American Immigration summary. Big picture analysis & overview of Early American Immigration Early American Immigration Summary & Analysis. BACK; NEXT ; A Nation of Immigrants Despite the country's on-and-off relationship with immigration, Americans have often found much to celebrate in their immigrant heritage.
Origins of the Immigrant Detention Quota. The inclusion of the immigrant detention quota in the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of did not arise from an evident and pressing public need, but rather from political efforts aimed at increasing the number of immigrant detention beds. Social theories are analytical frameworks, or paradigms, that are used to study and interpret social phenomena. A tool used by social scientists, social theories relate to historical debates over the validity and reliability of different methodologies (e.g. positivism and antipositivism), the primacy of either structure or agency, as well as the relationship between contingency and necessity. This article may rely excessively on sources too closely associated with the subject, potentially preventing the article from being verifiable and neutral. Please help improve it by replacing them with more appropriate citations to reliable, independent, third-party sources. (October ) (Learn how and when to remove this template message).