Email: support@essaywriterpros.com
Call Us: US - +1 845 478 5244 | UK - +44 20 7193 7850 | AUS - +61 2 8005 4826

British Peasants to Colonial American Farmers

The history of immigration to the United States is the history of the country itself, and the journey from beyond the sea is an element found in American folklore, appearing over and over again in everything from The Godfather to Gangs of New York to “The Song of Myself” to Neil Diamond‘s “America” to the animated feature An American Tail.[345]

From the 1880s to the 1910s, vaudeville dominated the popular image of immigrants, with very popular caricature portrayals of ethnic groups. The specific features of these caricatures became widely accepted as accurate portrayals.[346]

In The Melting Pot (1908), playwright Israel Zangwill (1864–1926) explored issues that dominated Progressive Eradebates about immigration policies. Zangwill’s theme of the positive benefits of the American melting pot resonated widely in popular culture and literary and academic circles in the 20th century; his cultural symbolism – in which he situated immigration issues – likewise informed American cultural imagining of immigrants for decades, as exemplified by Hollywood films.[347][348] The popular culture’s image of ethnic celebrities often includes stereotypes about immigrant groups. For example, Frank Sinatra’s public image as a superstar contained important elements of the American Dreamwhile simultaneously incorporating stereotypes about Italian Americans that were based in nativist and Progressive responses to immigration.