SAT Subject US History Practice Question 686: Answer and Explanation

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Question: 686

37. There were protests against the "Palmer Raids" of the late 1910s and early 1920s on the grounds that they

A. blurred the separation of church and state.
B. discriminated against women.
C. violated protections against unwarranted search and seizure.
D. discriminated against African Americans.
E. failed to protect the rights of Native Americans.

Correct Answer: C


The Justice Department conducted a series of raids on the homes of suspected radicals and socialists and of the offices of radical organizations. These raids were carried out without search warrants, in violation of the 4th Amendment. The raids were coordinated by Attorney General A. Mitchell Palmer. The Palmer Raids involved both men and women (B) and did not target churches (A), Native Americans (E), or African Americans (D). The most obvious discrimination against African Americans during this period was caused by Jim Crow laws, which resulted in the separation of the races.

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