Open Access Honors Program Thesis
Our nation is in the midst of an increase in immigration from Mexico, an increase which many policy makers have called a “crisis”. This “crisis” has left our nation, and specifically educators, asking, “What do we do with these millions of immigrants, and their children, who are so different from us?” This concern over an influx of “others” is the basis of a long struggle between the native-born and immigrants. In fact, the rhetoric used today in reference to the current “immigrant problem” is a direct reflection of the ideas developed one hundred years ago, during the first Americanization movement that took place from 1914 to 1924. The phrase “English first” is just one example of the continuation of ideas that began during that movement. The leaders of the Americanization movement worked, as leaders today do, to legalize the responsibilities that native-born Americans and immigrants have towards one another.
Date of Award
Department of History
University Honors Designation
A thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the designation University Honors
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© 2013 Heather Greel
Greel, Heather, "The Chicago Americanization movement: Solutions to the immigrant problem" (2013). Honors Program Theses. 17.