Explanation of cartoon
This cartoon shows what happened during the Palmer Raids of the 1920s. The police in the back are rounding up people that they think are suspicious or too radical, which is shown by all the people in the net that the policeman is carrying. Immigrants and foreigners were also targeted at this time. The big man in the middle is carrying and tying up immigrants because there was great anti-foreigner feeling at this time. His foot is on a boat to stop any further immigrants from coming to America. The blocking of immigrants was furthered by the Emergency Quota Act of 1921 and the Immigration Act of 1924. These put a definite quota on the amount of immigrants that could arrive, which was 2-3% of the people of their nationality in America. The little men with the magnifying glass and the American flag are inspecting suspicious characters, perhaps socialist or communist. This shows that many "natural born Americans" wanted to preserve their American culture and reject anything that deviated fro it. The men in the corner are workers whose unions were targeted as well.