SAT Subject US History Practice Question 1090: Answer and Explanation

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Question: 1090

1. The National Origins Act of 1924

A. favored immigration from all parts of Europe because America needed European workers.
B. greatly reduced the number of immigrants from Eastern and Southern Europe.
C. favored immigration from Asia and Africa because the immigrants were likely to work for low wages.
D. had little impact on the flow of immigrants into the United States.
E. led to an immigration movement of U. S. residents back to Europe.

Correct Answer: B


The National Origins Act was an expression of nativism and isolationism. It was designed to reduce immigration in general but had the largest impact on immigrants from Southern and Eastern Europe. The immigration acts of the 1920s reduced the number of immigrants allowed into the United States. The National Origins Act favored the "older" immigrant groups—that is, those who had a sizable presence in the United States before 1890. It had a major impact on immigration into the United States. There was never a sizable movement of people out of the United States.

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