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					                                                              Sunday, January 24, 1900




    Gilded Gazette
WHERE IS THE POSITIVE                           to their origin of place. Taking any job
TO THESE NEW                                    for low wages, hurts nativists who strike
IMMIGRANTS?                                     for better wages. It didn‟t matter to
                                                them if they worked for such low wages
At the start of the 1880s, a new group of       because to them it was a lot of money.
immigrants migrated into America,               Also, they weren‟t sticking around in the
known as the second wave. Consisting            slums. The cities here are already over-
of Croats, Slovaks, Greeks, and Poles           populated, why can‟t they go
from southern and eastern Europe, the           somewhere that has room for their kind?
new immigrants were looking for shelter         There are some immigrants who are
that Europe could no longer provide for         trying to preserve their culture in the
them. Europe‟s population is close to           New World, but this only makes them
doubling, decreasing the amount of              more of an outcast. Along with that,
space per family. Unlike the immigrants         they are highly illiterate and unskilled,
that arrived a decade before, these „new‟       bringing nothing to the growth of
immigrants do not blend into the rest of        America. It seems like they are taking
the population. They lack everything            advantage of America being a land of
necessary. One could say, “Is this a            opportunity and not in return giving
melting pot or dumping ground?” The             something back to the country.
southern/eastern Europeans have no              Immigrants are blamed for the cities
clear understanding of a democratic             dreadful conditions.
government. Accustomed to                               Another group of immigrants that
dictatorship, the immigrants do not             are greatly not accepted as of right now
know the idea of following one‟s own            are the Chinese. These fortune-hungry
path. They fall into the traps of powerful      Chinese were only looking for riches.
bosses such as Boss Tweed who gives             They fall with the rest of the new
the lost immigrants a job and home in           immigrants who don‟t bring anything to
return for their vote. Bringing corruption      the table for America. From the Chinese
to the political system.                        Exclusion Act placed in 1882, Chinese
       Because of new immigrant                 are banned from entering the U.S. for
migration, the idea of antiforeignism has       the next 60 years or so.
arose. The nativist find them inferior and              Italians, who were peasant farms
unwanted. They decide to come here to           in their old country, were encouraged gy
make a few cents and then just go back          the government to practice their


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livelihood here, but they refused and        was originally founded on. The pull of
wanted quick money. The government           the so called push-pull factors that
only encouraged it to more rapidly           brought these despicable humans here
assimilate the Italians into American        were not intended for them. These
society.                                     immigrants are not welcome here as
                                             they could never be a part of our
AMERICA’S PLAGUE                             identity as a nation. Their culture is just
                                             too radically different, and their moral
These new immigrants have flooded our        standards are not up to par with the
coastal cities like a horde of disease       original constituents of America. Not
barring locusts. Many of us REAL             only do these immigrants ruin the
Americans have gleaned from                  politics of American; they also take up
experiences negative opinions of these       all the jobs and work for extremely low
immigrants. While these opinions may at      wages, rendering job competition with
first seem unfair, they are in fact          them futile. Not only do these
warranted and one hundred percent            immigrants take jobs, but they also ruin
valid. For instance I now know for an        strikes by
irrefutable fact that these immigrants
are politically incompetent and easily       SmiTh’S RifleS: YoU’Re
taken advantage of. An example of their      gonna like the way
extreme corruptibility is in Tammany         you shoot. I guarantee
Hall, which acts as a corrupt political      it.
machine, stealing the votes of the
immigrants,
who kindly
give them up.
These
immigrants
have ruined
the political
patterns that
have been
developing in
this great
country for decades. By giving up their      honest hard working labor unions, who
votes, they allow those who control          are just trying to secure better wages for
them to ensure the election of any           their families. Those scabs go in and
candidate, or the passing of any             work for low wages in the positions of
legislature. Such corruption undermines      those who are striking from work. It
the core democratic values that America      would best for them to go back where


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                                                               Sunday, January 24, 1900


they came from and leave us be. Before          provinces in the south of Italy, forcing us
they came, the only politicians who were        to seek refuge in this reportedly "great
elected were those who campaigned               country." However my experiences here
honestly and persuaded people of their          have been quite to the contrary of what
viewpoints on issues. Now however, with         I anticipated. Nonetheless, you're
this influx of immigrants, the politicians      description of us Southern Italians was
who pay the political machines the              an unfair representation of an admirable
greatest principal are the ones who get         ethnic group, who is struggling in an
elected. Thus, these immigrants have            unwelcoming country.
had absolutely no positive effect on            Sincerely, An Angry Immigrant
America, they're arrival is marking the
downfall of this once great country.            IMMIGRATION REACHES NEW
                                                LEVELS
A-LETTER-TO-THE-EDITOR
                                                Immigration to the United States
Dear editor,                                    flourished like bees attracted to a
   I am an immigrant from the southern          golden-sweet honey hive. The first
area of Italy who has recently taken            immigrants to America migrated mainly
residence in Tammany Hall. I severely           from the British Isles and Germany;
disagree with you're assertion that us          however, a new wave of buzzing bees
Italians are "scurvy folk that robbed and       has risen in the east. Millions of Slavs,
plundered." I have been working hard as         Russians, Italians, and Chinese have
a construction laborer, daily risking my        tasted the sweet taste of freedom and
livelihood in an HONEST attempt to              democracy that America has to offer.
accrue capital. Capital that I hope will        Between 1870 and 1900 about 5 million
one day secure a future my family as            immigrants were arriving at the honey
well as its future generations. You're          hive, formerly known as the United State
perfidious portrayal of my people has           of America, every decade. In 1882, a
led to a tsunami-esque wave of                  new high for immigrants per year was
passionate disagreement amongst                 achieved; 788,992 arrived on the shores
Tammany Hall's constituents. Despite            of America. Now with these massive
the hasty generalization that you are           waves of immigrants to America one
helping to spread about immigrants;             would assume that skills and abilities
Tammany Hall is a place rife with               would accompany these poor souls on
counter examples. However at this               their long journey to, hopefully, a new
particular point in time, none come to          life. However, this was not so for the
mind. Besides, the majority of us               second wave of immigrants arriving
immigrants have been subject to a               between 1870 and 1900. When the
myriad of unfortunate occurrences. For          Germans and British came to America,
instance, widespread famine and disease         they brought skilled labor-the Germans
struck our primarily agricultural               provided the hard labor while the British


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                                                               Sunday, January 24, 1900


supplied the mechanical element-                and harsh competition, these “bees” that
allowing for immigrants to practice             dreamt of golden-honey set off for the
trades and have jobs. These immigrants          infamous hive that houses so many
were literate as a whole, came from a           others escaping from their homelands
higher class AND spoke ENGLISH.                 with high hopes of similar success.
Looking at the “new” immigrants, we see         These immigrants did not fit in American
illiterate, low class, non-English speaking     society partly because they had no
comrades and other folk that do not             experience with any kind of
have the skills necessary to prosper in         representative government.
America. On top of what was previously          Additionally, the language barrier
mentioned, these new immigrants had             proved cooperation with other
very poor work ethics and often times           immigrants futile. Chinese can not
intolerable for supervisors. For these          communicate with Russians or Italians
                                                             and vice versa. Ergo, said
                                                             immigrants developed poor
                                                             work ethics and faced the
                                                             wraths of their frustrated
                                                             employers. Eventually,
                                                             America got fed up with
                                                             these reoccurring problems
                                                             and went to drastic
                                                             measures. In 1882, America
                                                             passed the Chinese Exclusion
                                                             Act banning Chinese
                                                             Immigrants from coming to
                                                             America, but not before they
                                                             used them for constructing
                                                             the Transcontinental
                                                             Railroad. Unfortunately,
                                                             America took the
                                                             immigration issue to this
                                                             drastic level causing Chinese
reasons, the “new” immigrants were              men and women to give up their hopes
persecuted and manipulated. People in           of living in America with a representative
the “new” wave of immigrants came               government and free society. The
from a very hard life in Eastern Europe,        bottom line is that immigrants struggled
China, and Italy. As I said before, these       in their homelands and sought American
immigrants were the low class of their          freedom to rid themselves from their
societies and sought the freedom of             toils back home. With such an
America. Faced with cruel governments           enormous arrival of immigrants lacking


                                      Gilded Gazette
                                                               Sunday, January 24, 1900


necessary skills, America was forced to         accomplished this goal is something to
turn away some while harboring others.          behold indeed. Our laborious
Other problems with different ethnic            immigrants worked tirelessly on
groups arose as well. The Southern
                                                constructing the railroad. Without their
Italians were scurvy folk that robbed and
                                                efforts, who knows how much progress
plundered and brought similar
characteristics with them; yet the              we would have made, or how
Northern Italians were capable of hard          technologically advanced we would be
work and fatigue while managing the             at this point in our country. Immigrants
work load. They were also more                  such as the Chinese that worked on the
industrious and moral compared to their         railroad especially helped our beautiful
compatriots. The heart of the
                                                nation surpass Europe in total railways.
immigration issue is this: America held
the answer those foreigners were                So as you go through the day, I
seeking, but when so many come for the          encourage you to give thanks to those
same reason, America chose to close its         that have helped America reach the
doors.                                          platform it rests on today. Give thanks
                                                to the immigrants that gave their sweat,
“A Day in the Past”                             blood, and tears for this country; a
It is a memorable day here at                   country that isn‟t even theirs. I leave
Promontory Summit, Utah where the last          you today in thanks, and remember the
spike was driven in to establish a              efforts that have built up our nation.
mechanized transcontinental
transportation network that                     IN OTHER NEWS…
revolutionized the population and               The election of 1876 has officially ended
economy of the American West on May             all forms of Reconstruction in the South.
10, 1869. Today marks the 10 year               The election consisted of Rutherford
                                                Hayes (GOP) and Samuel Tilden
anniversary of that epic moment in our
                                                (Democrats). At this time, the Speaker of
nation‟s history where we celebrated, as        the House was Democratic and then
a nation, an industrial step forward. A         President of the House was Republican.
huge component of this remarkable               During the election of 1876 there were
success was Carnegie‟s Steel Company,           voting irregularities. South Carolina,
so we thank you good sir. Without your          Louisiana, and Florida all had 2 sets of
                                                returns. One said that Hayes won, the
contribution, and Bessemer‟s steel-
                                                other said Tilden. Tilden only needed
making process, our nation may not
                                                one more vote to win the presidential
know the luxury of the railroad that we         position. The conflict caused by the who
have today. The speed at which we               would judge was fixed with the


                                      Gilded Gazette
                                                             Sunday, January 24, 1900


Compromise of 1877, also known as the
Electoral Count Act. In the compromise         Thomas Alexander Scott
it stated, an electoral commission would       (December 28, 1823 – May 21, 1881)
be established consisting of 15 selected       Thomas A. Scott, 4th president of the
men from the Senate, House of                  successful Pennsylvania Railroad and
Representatives, and Supreme Court.            leading drafter of the Compromise of
The commission was made to determine           1877 died recently. He will be missed by
which party won the election. The              his loyal supporters as Lincoln‟s
committee agreed that the Republicans          Assistant Secretary of War and a great
had won the election without opening           man who helped draw reconstruction to
the ballots from the three disputed            a close.
states. The Democrats were outraged,
                                               Cornelius
but came to the solution of allowing the
                                               Vanderbilt
Republicans to have the presidential
                                               (May 27, 1794 –
seat IF Hayes withdrew the federal
                                               January 4, 1877)
troops in Louisiana and South Carolina.
                                               Vanderbilt, wealthy
Hayes agreed and that in turn ended the
                                               railroad giant died
radical reconstruction of the South. The
                                               recently leaving behind his wife, 3 sons,
GOP sacrificed black freedom for the
                                               and 8 daughters. He will be remembered
White House.
                                               as successful captain of industry, and
OBITUARIES                                     generous man, having made the largest
                                               charitable
Doc Holliday
                                               contribution in
(August 14, 1851 – November 8, 1887)
                                               history to the
Holliday the Wild West‟s favorite dentist
                                               construction of a
and gambling enthusiast died recently
                                               university.
of tuberculosis. He will be missed by his
friends, family, and                those
                                               Horatio Alger, Jr.
who remember his                    as
                                               (January 13, 1832 – July 18, 1899)
his dear cousin‟s
                                               Alger, author of countless juvenile
inspiration for
                                               novels died recently. He will be
Ashley Wilkes with                  her
                                               remembered by his countless fans as an
bestselling novel
                                               inspiration, author of several “rags to
“Gone with the
                                               riches” stories
Wind.”




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