How did native-born Americans react to immigrants arriving during the immediate post-revolution period? What were the roles of xenophobia and legislative action in this reaction?
A broad-based antiforeign attitude sporadic and localized until then asserted itself. Both the Jeffersonian and the Federalist political factions feared their opponents would benefit from the newcomers. Dominant English Americans beliefs about and actions toward the newly arriving northern and western European immigrants.followed what was to become a familiar pattern in dominant-minority relations. Suspiciodd of those who differed from themselves, the dominant culture felt threatend. Xenophobia-Many Federalist, in fact, believed that the large foreign-born population was the root of all evil in the United States. Wrapped in the dominant groups negative perceptions were concerns that those newcomers cultures, religions, political ideologies-indeed, tire very essence as people-were so unlike themselves as to make blending into the mainstream a virtual impossibility.