Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Dr. Frederick W. Adrian


The anti-Greek riot of 1909, in South Omaha, Nebraska, was a violent, regrettable, but significant episode in American history. Its importance rests in the fact that it took place at a time when the American people were in the process of making a very important decision concerning immigration. By 1908, the problem of the oriental immigrant entering and living on the west coast of the United States had been solved largely by adopting a policy of exclusion. There still remained, however, the great wave of the "new immigration" from southern and eastern Europe. The American native, largely of northwestern European and Protestant stock, was faced with the decision of selecting a policy toward the "new immigrant," whose cultural background was comparatively foreign.


A Thesis Presented to the Department of History and the Faculty of the College of Graduate Studies University of Omaha In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree Master of Arts. Copyright 1964, John G. Bitzes

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