“The Golden Door” (Beginnings-1938)
After decades of maintaining open borders, a xenophobic backlash prompts Congress to pass its ﬁrst laws restricting immigration. Meanwhile, in Germany, Hitler and the Nazis begin their persecution of Jewish people, causing many to try to ﬂee to neighboring countries or America. Franklin Roosevelt and other world leaders are concerned by the growing refugee crisis but fail to coordinate a response.
Lives turned upside down when Nazis came to power. But changes didn’t happen overnight.
It wasn’t easy for journalists to report what was happening in Nazi Germany in the 1930s.
By the early 1900s, many white Americans embraced a pseudo-science called eugenics.