Greek Americans: Struggle and Success by Peter Moskos

By Peter Moskos

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It was the prosperity generated by World War II which brought about a m,:uor social ascent exceeding even that of the 1920s. The Greek-American occupational structure in its main body of immigrants was dominated by small businessmen. Among the American born. the large m,uority were in white-collar occupations and the professions. By the end of the 1950s it almost seemed abnormal for Greek Americans to work for wages. Although overall economic improvement was felt by many Greek Americans, there were important exceptions.

190. GREEK AMERICA FORMS 53 groups exerted pressure on Congress to liberalize immigration laws. The Greek quota had been set at 307 annually since 1929. but. under special refugee legislation in 1948 it was made possible to borrow from the future. By 1952 the Greek quota was mortgaged to the year 2014! Hopes for less restrictive immigration policies were set back by the passage of the McCarren-Waiter Act of 1952, over President Truman's veto. The nationality quota system was maintained and the Greek quota raised by only one person-to 308 per year.

Order of AhelJa. p. 345. GREEK AMERICA FORMS 51 were defeated, Greek political differences were being felt in the GreekAmerican community. The communist-led resistance in Greece and the British-supported government in exile were both girding for control of a liberated Greece. Closely following upon the heels of the German evacuation in late 1944, the British-supported royalist government returned to Athens. A vicious civil war broke out between the government and the communists that lasted until 1949.

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