Creative and original thinking are always appreciated, as is going outside of the required reading to find information pertaining to your posts. The intent of the discussion board prompt/post exercise is to stimulate critical thinking and intellectual discourse.

1.What were the characteristics of the “New Immigrants” who came to the United States in the last decades of the 19th and first decades of the 20th centuries? Why were they seemingly more difficult to assimilate? Why did labor unions often oppose unlimited and unregulated immigration?

2.Describe the emergence of consumer culture and mass merchandizing in the last decades of the 19th Cenury. What impact did this new culture have on American values?

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