Date of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
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.
Bitzes, John G., "The anti-Greek riot of 1909: South Omaha" (1964). Student Work. 548.
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