Japanese Internment

The attack of Pearl Harbor was very devastating to America. This event caused a new found hatred of Japanese people. Before the war there was discrimination of Asian immigrants and even their American born children. There were segregation laws, prevented intermarriage with whites, and they weren’t able to become citizens. Once Pearl Harbor was attacked there was even more discrimination against Japanese people. In an … Continue reading Japanese Internment

Japanese Americans During WWII

The internment of Japanese Americans was the forced relocation and incarceration in camps by the United States during World War II.  After the attack on Pearl Harbor, the United States issued the executive order 9066, which empowered the military to round up anyone of Japanese ancestry and placed them in internment camps.  The executive order was believed to prevent espionage on American shores.  The internment … Continue reading Japanese Americans During WWII

Blog Topic #6 for HIS 222 INET

Discuss the American internment of Japanese Americans.  Consider the national justification for internment, living conditions, and the impact on Japanese Americans.  How do you think the internment of Japanese Americans affected their conceptions of citizenship?  How would you feel if you were in the same position: a law-abiding, American citizen who was rounded up and essentially jailed for something beyond your control? Continue reading Blog Topic #6 for HIS 222 INET

The Prohibition

The eighteenth amendment was approved in 1917, and by 1920, the prohibition was in full effect. The prohibition was known as the ban of the sale, manufacture, and transport of alcohol, and was supposed to reverse the evil that alcohol consumption has caused in the United States. Naturally, this caused a division between Americans and their views. Was it an effective way to clean up … Continue reading The Prohibition

The Pros but mostly Cons of The Prohibtion

December 18, 1917, Congress approved the 18th amendment. The 18th amendment banned the sale, manufacturer, and delivering of intoxicating liquors. Prohibition went into effect in 1920 and Congress ratified the Volstead Act which stated any alcoholic beverage with 0.5% alcohol would face criminal prosecution. Congress never gave enough money to enforce wide scale enforcement due to illegal drinking. Congress thought by approving this amendment that … Continue reading The Pros but mostly Cons of The Prohibtion

Prohibition: What Were They Thinking?

The eighteenth amendment was one of those that looking back makes you scratch your head and think, how did this happen? The amendment banned the sale, distributing, and manufacturing of intoxicating beverages with a 0.5 percent alcohol (21.2.2). This was such an ignored amendment by the public that when federal agent, Izzy Einstein, timed himself to see how long it would take him to find … Continue reading Prohibition: What Were They Thinking?

Free Speech During WWI

World War I began in 1914 when the Germans invaded France.  When they crossed through Belgium, Great Britain declared war against Germany to honor an agreement to protect Belgium sovereignty.  Soon the other European Nations including Austria-Hungary, and Russia joined the fray. The United States initially believed it would be best to stay neutral.  Between 1914-1917  German spies spent $12 million dollars to support rebel … Continue reading Free Speech During WWI

America: Land of the (not so) Free

During the start of World War I, Americans were unsure of whether they wanted to start fighting a war or not and debated if it was theirs to fight. Americans knew that going into the war, it would require a lot of power to be successful and win the war. There was internal conflict in joining the war as many Americans were immigrants of both … Continue reading America: Land of the (not so) Free

Civil Rights during World War I

The Espionage Act of 1917 “made it a crime to obstruct military recruitment, to encourage mutiny, or to aid the enemy by spreading lies”. This act was extended a year later with the Sedition Act. The Sedition Act made it illegal for anyone to say, write, or publish anything about the war. These acts infringed upon Americans’ right to free speech by prohibiting them to … Continue reading Civil Rights during World War I

Blog Topic #4 for HIS 222 (Online)

Topic: Discuss the issue of civil rights during World War I while paying special attention to the Espionage Act of 1917 and the Sedition Act of 1918 (and their relation to free speech).  Some Americans were deprived of their civil rights due to their ethnicity or attitude towards labor unions.  Put yourself in the position of those arrested.  Did issues of national security justify an alteration … Continue reading Blog Topic #4 for HIS 222 (Online)

A Democratic Paradise in a Capitalistic Inferno

           Riding the waves of reform from the late 1800’s, progressives sought a more permanent change to their quality of life when it came to major corporations. Campaigning alongside other major groups such as the socialist this group was after terms considered much less demanding but necessary nonetheless. This was a group dominated by the middle class as well as societal … Continue reading A Democratic Paradise in a Capitalistic Inferno

The People Strike Back: The Progressive Era

The time period from 1895-1915 is known as the Progressive Era in America. A diverse group of reformers known as “Progressives” were attempting to protect the American people from the greed and ruthlessness of big businesses. They believed that regulation from the government on every level was the best way to achieve this objective. An example of big business’s ruthlessness was the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory … Continue reading The People Strike Back: The Progressive Era

The Progressive Era

The progressive era spanned from 1890’s to 1920’s, the progressives were about eliminating the problems caused by industrialization, immigration and corruption in the government. The progressive mainly targeted the political machines. The progressive’s success in building alliances with the middle class and political parties gained the support of three presidents Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and Woodrow Wilson. Over the next decade these three president … Continue reading The Progressive Era

Progressives Seek Reform

The Progressives were middle-class working people who desired a change in the American Government system. Their group consisted of women, African Americans, middle class workers, and union leaders. The women fought for their right to vote arguing that they needed to vote to keep their children and families safe (Keene, Cornell, O’Donnell 18.1.2). One of their main arguments was that many of the social problems … Continue reading Progressives Seek Reform

The Middle Ground of the Progressives

As the Progressives looked at America and the state it was in, they did not agree with the Socialists, Populists, or those in Unions. Rather, they wanted to be in the “middle ground” when it came to their regulations. The socialists wanted to nationalize all major business, which basically meant that the government would control all businesses and nothing would be privately owned. The socialists … Continue reading The Middle Ground of the Progressives

Blog Topic #3 for HIS 222 (INET)

Topic: Thinking about the diverse group of reformers that historians call the “Progressives,” discuss the following questions.  What were the Progressives attempting to accomplish through regulation?  Should the government set hours laws, regulate safety, prohibit child labor, set a minimum wage, and institute other work laws? Continue reading Blog Topic #3 for HIS 222 (INET)

Politics in the Gilded Age

The United States experienced tremendous growth during the second half of the nineteenth century which led to industrialization of major cities and mass immigration that changed major cities into metropolises. Many African Americans also migrated North from the South to escape violence they were experiencing in the South due to Jim Crow laws. With so many people living in tight spaces living conditions were less … Continue reading Politics in the Gilded Age

American Politics: Then and Now

  Many Americans began to move from from rural areas to urban cities from 1860 to 1900s. Cities and urban areas were becoming more and more popular as agriculture became more and more merchandised less labor was needed in the rural areas. Since there were so many people moving to Urban areas the population grew as well as poverty and disease rates. People thought migrating … Continue reading American Politics: Then and Now

Century of Politics

Politics from the 1860s-1893s considered something known as the Gilded Age. The Gilded age was a period of corruption, shoddy ethics, bad morals, and it basically being all about the rich. This era of time was right after the civil war. The Gilded age really transformed America in a lot of ways. There is a major issue when the congress was referred to as the … Continue reading Century of Politics


The turn of the century from 1800-1900 was considered the Gilded Age.  During this age it was not uncommon for politics to be corrupt.  Congress was known as the “rich man’s club” and political favors where traded.  Even the President once elected had barely enough power to repay the favors they owed the individuals who got them into office. Their years in office consisted of … Continue reading TURN OF THE CENTURY POLITICS

Blog Topic #2 for HIS 222 INET

Topic: Consider politics at the turn of the century.  More than half the population was still disenfranchised.  With women not having the vote and African Americans discriminated against, how do you think the political process worked?  Do you think that politics were considered an arena for the rich only?  How did women, minorities, and working men impact the political process? Continue reading Blog Topic #2 for HIS 222 INET

Industrialism and workers

How did industrialism affect workers? Industrialism was a prosperous time for America, with new advances in technology and the emergence of big businesses, it shaped into the country we are today. New technology helped manufacturers produce more output for a lot less cost. In some cases these advances helped workers find better jobs such as mechanics. However, industrialism wasn’t such a wonderful time for everyone. … Continue reading Industrialism and workers

Working during the Gilded Age and the power of the Industrial Revolution

America was booming in raw material industries. Workforce was rapidly growing after the Civil War. America was a latecomer to the Industrial Revolution that began in 1860 with factory reproduction to railroad mileage (16.1.1, Keene, Cornell, O’Donnel). From 1860-1900 population increased as well as industrial and farm output. America bypassed all other industrialized countries by possessing all raw materials such as iron, lead, coal, copper, … Continue reading Working during the Gilded Age and the power of the Industrial Revolution