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Which of the following statements best represents a nativist attitude toward the influx of immigrants around 1900?

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Slavs and Italians will be assimilated as easily into the American way of life as were earlier immigrant groups.

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No

Ellis Island should be enlarged to accommodate the huge influx of immigrants.

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No

Immigrants will work for low wages and break strikes, thereby hurting all American workers.

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Yes

Native-born Americans should organize to help find jobs and homes for new immigrants so that they can become citizens as quickly as possible.

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No

Political machines in the large cities should be responsible for providing immigrants with food, shelter, and jobs in return for their votes.

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No

Nativism in the United States, consisting of anti-immigrant sentiment and fear of foreign influence, was a major presence in politics in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Thus, a nativist attitude would be one that reflects a bias against new immigrants. This points most clearly to the anti-immigrant attitude in answer choice C, which describes immigrants as a threat to American workers--an accurate description of an attitude held by many nativists around 1900.

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