To what extent do you agree that America was a 'melting pot' between 1890 and 1920?
I agree to an extent that America was a 'mosaic' between 1890 and 1920 and not a 'melting pot', although others would argue differently. Reasons how America was a 'mosaic' include the religious differences of certain cultures and ethnic groups as well as immigrant settlings and political rivalry etc. On the other hand, some reasons why America was a 'melting pot' include the land race in Oklahoma, the equality of trade unions and the right to enter America and vote.
Firstly, one reason why America was a 'mosaic' is that split between Catholics and Protestants between 1890 and 1920. As political power was in the hands of the WASPS who were white Anglo Saxon Protestants, there were many instances of anti-catholic prejudices holding back opportunities for immigrant communities. Furthermore, this separated the protestant communities and the protestant communities and therefore created more of a 'mosaic' then a 'melting pot' in America between 1890 and 1920.
On the other hand, other people argue that America was a 'melting pot between 1890 and 1920. One argument for this view is that when the immigrants came to America there was a 'promise of land' and the great land race in Oklahoma was welcome to all races and religions and therefore there was no separation between each community and everyone mixed for the land race. Moreover, it is a view of American society symbolized by the statue of liberty looking down on all of the immigrant ships as they arrived in New York and this could be seen as a greeting to all races and religions and therefore creating the idea of a 'melting pot' in America between 1890 and 1920. Furthermore, people from all of the countries arrived together on the ships and therefore were all treated equally transport wise.
Moreover, another reason why America could be seen as a 'mosaic' between 1890 and 1920 is the racial tension and discrimination in...