(redirected from Americanized)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus.
Related to Americanized: Americanised


term used to describe the movement during the first quarter of the 20th cent. whereby the immigrant in the United States was induced to assimilate American speech, ideals, traditions, and ways of life. As a result of the great emigration from E and S Europe between 1880 and the outbreak of World War I (see immigrationimmigration,
entrance of a person (an alien) into a new country for the purpose of establishing permanent residence. Motives for immigration, like those for migration generally, are often economic, although religious or political factors may be very important.
..... Click the link for more information.
), the Americanization movement grew to crusading proportions. Fear and suspicion of the newcomers and of their possible failure to become assimilated gave impetus to the movement. Joined by social workers interested in improving the slum conditions surrounding the immigrants, and by representatives of the business and industrial world, organizations were formed to propagandize and to agitate for municipal, state, and federal aid to indoctrinate the immigrants into American ways. The coming of World War I with the resultant heightening of U.S. nationalism strengthened the movement. The Federal Bureau of Education and the Federal Bureau of Naturalization joined in the crusade and aided the private Americanization groups. Large rallies, patriotic naturalization proceedings, and Fourth of July celebrations characterized the campaign. When the United States entered into the war, Americanization was made an official part of the war effort. Many states passed legislation providing for the education and Americanization of the foreign-born. The anti-Communist drive conducted by the Dept. of Justice in 1919–20 stimulated the movement and led to even greater legislative action on behalf of Americanization. Virtually every state that had a substantial foreign-born population had provided educational facilities for the immigrant by 1921. The passage of this legislation and the quota system of immigration caused the Americanization movement to subside; private groups eventually disbanded.


See J. Higham, Strangers in the Land (1963).

The Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia™ Copyright © 2013, Columbia University Press. Licensed from Columbia University Press. All rights reserved.
References in periodicals archive ?
Is there convergent validity of the Americanized version of the GNDS as evidenced by a significant relationship with the SF-36 and ADL Self-Care for MS Scale?
(Penguins are viewed en masse, not up close and personal.) Americanized edition also replaces most of original's somewhat overbearing score with less intrusive mood enhancement by composer Alex Wurman.
I found the first few episodes of Queer as Folk (which started as a traditionally short British series) fairly narrow in focus and Americanized to a degree that drained the show of much of the shock and profundity that had marked its progenitor.
Also, Alexander's use of Praisesong for the Widow is questionable because Avey Johnson is conflicted and Americanized. Although she gets reborn in a Caribbean setting, there is no direct lineage convincingly established for her.
I wanted to go to that gaudy extreme." Yet he Americanized the French connection, managing to find, amid the gilt of the Sun King's palace, a relatively Puritan space--a gallery stripped of its art.
Their young with any affluence have been Americanized. Their culture could not withstand our onslaught, and they have fought back with violence.
The first Americanized version of the Atlas 93 was delivered a year ago by Milacron Plastic Technologies in Batavia, Ohio.
The Spumoni, which includes a traditional fruited rum flavor as the third flavor in the combination with chocolate and pistachio rather than the more Americanized vanilla, is currently available year round to foodservice operations, as it is a favorite among the better Italian restaurants of Ohio, Velvet's home state.
franchisers are responding to a vast reverse migration that is bringing "Americanized" Nicas and their Americanized tastes for fast food and DKNY to Managua.
The White House was determined not to let the conflict in Bolivia escalate and become Americanized. Early on the decision was made to keep the direct U.S.
However, as these immigrants' children and grandchildren become better educated and more "Americanized," they too begin to leave.