Question

Immigrants in the 1900s vs Today in languages?

Okay why is it that Mexicans , Italians , Russians , Poles , Germans , Arabs , Jews , Greeks ect in the 1920s - 1970s all tried to learn English very hard and perferred their kids to speak English and be " American."

However Today most immigrants be them Mexicans or Germans seem to take more pride in their native language and perferr their kids to speak it.

I'm not racist i'm just curious why the change.

Answers

Back then if you did not assimilate you were not just looked down on severly by society but banks could decide against giving you a loan, neighbors would choose to not be friendly if you could get into their neighborhood, schools woulld not treat children equally, etc. There are a lot of anti -discriminatory laws today that weren't there back then so it was in their best interest to assimilate as quickly as possible. Plus there was a pride to be "American." Today however there is cat food labeled in spanish, Home Depos have spanish signs if you do not know english, lots of government forms including drivers licenses and irs forms etc are in any native language, causing society to be both lazy in their new homeland Furthermore it is acceptable in society to be "cultural" by yearning for their homeland, and wanting to display their cultural pride.

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Well, the immigrants' situation has changed. Their fathers immigrated to America because of a bad political situation, poverty, famine(well maybe not famine), and because America was the land of the future and of endless possibilities. Today their countries have become stable and wealthy countries, and add to that a bit of good old fashioned nationalism and there you have it!

And you aren't racist, you are talking about nationalities not races.

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