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How did the Progressive Era's views on immigrants reshape America's cities and workplaces?

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Progressivists saw how the exploitation of immigrants was a key factor in existing structures of economic and political inequality. They knew that if the immigration question could be adequately addressed, then significant strides would be made in furthering the cause of Progressivism. To that end, Progressivists advocated measures designed to assimilate immigrants into American society. They believed that if newcomers were restricted to ethnic ghettoes, without the opportunity to take their place in mainstream society, then they were ripe for exploitation by capitalists and machine politicians alike.

For the most part, Progressivists were opposed to large-scale immigration, as they felt that it encouraged the kind of economic exploitation and political corruption they were fighting against. They were also not...

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