AP U.S. History Diagnostic 17. How did immigrants approach the situation shown in the image?
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And here are your potential answers.
[ mumbles ]
[ mumbling continues ] All right.
Well, it certainly wasn't easy to be an immigrant in the 19th century,
as the cartoon makes perfectly clear.
Let's see which answer best describes how immigrants handled
their, uh, handling.
Did immigrants approach the situation shown in the image A -
by returning to their native countries?
Well, actually, few immigrants had the option of making
the expensive return voyage back to their native countries.
And they couldn't join their voices with other immigrants
in the same situation, either,
since it would've led to more persecution.
That kind of pickle eliminates A and B.
Could immigrants have approached this discrimination C -
by turning to legislators for help
getting fair citizenship laws passed? Hmm?
Yeah, we're still wrestling with that today.
Oh, if only. But the date on the image - 1889 -
gives us all the information we need, since
fair citizenship laws didn't really come into place
until the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986.
And, yeah, we are still working on that one.
So we can cross out C, as well.
Which means immigrants dealt with the prejudice
and discrimination D -
by maintaining a balance between American culture
and their own identities.
Even though each group of immigrants had its own unique
cultures and traditions, they weren't always readily accepted
in the United States.
So Americanizing became a useful tactic in the course to assimilation.
That makes D the right answer.
Although nowadays we know that the melting pot of assimilation
is the politically incorrect stepbrother of the tossed salad.
Time to bring out the dressing, Lady Liberty.
... Thousand Island? Ranch? Balsamic?
[ mm, tasty ]