The Fight for Equal Access

The Civil Rights Movement aimed to remove barriers that confined and degraded minorities. It is important to understand that this movement was not simply based upon race. Women and members of the LGBT community were also fighting for equality and still are today. These groups wanted to change, they wanted equality and freedom. Although they weren’t supported by everyone, racial minorities, women, and many others … Continue reading The Fight for Equal Access

“We Shall Overcome”

Many changes occurred between the 1950s and the 1970s. Many groups stood out and fought for equal access. There were also some groups who were very wary of the changes going on. Many women, racial minorities, and LGBT fought for many years to gain simple freedoms. “America was rife with discord during the 1960s. Much debate centered on liberalism and its willingness to use the … Continue reading “We Shall Overcome”

Minorities, Women, and Rights

Through the 1950’s and 1970’s civil rights were the hot topic of the time. Multiple groups pushed to better their lives and the lives of their people. Women gained more work privileges, minorities gained more representation, and the LGBT community became more accepted. This post will explore how and what each of these collectives gained from this era, which one gained the most and how … Continue reading Minorities, Women, and Rights

Divided We Fall… Defeat in Vietnam

The Vietnam War was America’s longest war lasting from November 1955 to April 1975. The war claimed the lives of 47,415 American’s and costed the US $173 billion (Visions of America,pg 811). The Vietnam War was not only the longest war in US history, it was also the most controversial. US involvement was viewed as a way to prevent communism from spreading throughout Southeast Asia. … Continue reading Divided We Fall… Defeat in Vietnam

Twenty Year Long Turmoil

Middle-class college students and working-class whites lead the street demonstrations during the Vietnam war. Many other types of Americans, such as African Americans with low-wages and working-class women, opposed the war, however, they had no desire to protest with university students. Issues arose during these protests because there was not a clear-cut reason why everyone wanted to end the war. A common belief of the … Continue reading Twenty Year Long Turmoil

The Most Controversial War of All Time

The Vietnam war was one of the longest wars in the history of the nation.  The war lasted from November of 1955 to April of 1975. The reason the United States gave for joining this war was to prevent North Vietnam from taking over South Vietnam and making them a communist country. The United States cared about South Vietnam becoming a communist country because of … Continue reading The Most Controversial War of All Time

“Vietnam Syndrome”

The United States entered the conflict in Vietnam, one of the nation’s longest wars lasting from November 1955 to April 1975. The United States government viewed their involvement in the war as a way to prevent communism taking over South Vietnam, which was a part of the domino theory, but there is no real reason why they got involved. In the end, the United States … Continue reading “Vietnam Syndrome”

Land of the Free…Or so we thought.

Imagine being separated from your family, taken and put into a camp, and arrested because of the color of your skin. This is exactly what happened with the internment of Japanese Americans from 1942-1945. After Pearl harbor took place, President Roosevelt thought it to be best if people of Japanese descent be contained. Roosevelt signed an executive order that would command the relocation of Japanese … Continue reading Land of the Free…Or so we thought.

Holding Your Own

In the 1800s people started to show in in the Pacific Northwest, these people were Japanese. Anyone who was apart of a minority was discriminated against, including the Japanese. Flash forward to WWII, when Japanese Americans were held by American’s after the bombing of pearl harbor. Americans looked for answers or people to blame and eventually rumors circulate around that Japanese farmers had plowed arrows … Continue reading Holding Your Own

Life, Liberty, & the Pursuit of Japanese-American Rights!

As an American citizen we feel it’s our god given right to “Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness” as stated in our Declaration of Independence. The phrase gives us three examples of the unalienable rights which the Declaration of Independence says have been given to all humans by their creator , and which the governments are created to protect. Therefore, as a Japanese American … Continue reading Life, Liberty, & the Pursuit of Japanese-American Rights!

Does US Citizenship Really Matter In A Time Of War?

Does US Citizenship Really Matter In A Time Of War? From as early as 1885, immigrants from Japan came to America seeking jobs and new lives. Facing discrimination throughout the years within the community and workplace, nothing compared to Executive Order 9066. President Franklin D. Roosevelt issued this executive order just twelve days after Japan bombed Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1942. Fearing that citizens … Continue reading Does US Citizenship Really Matter In A Time Of War?

Blog Topic #5 for HIS 222 INET

Topic: 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 #5 for HIS 222 INET

Opportunities and Obstacles of the Prohibition Period (1920’s)

Opportunities and obstacles of the prohibition period in the 1920’s were plentiful. There was plenty of different things which getting rid of alcohol contributed to and also took away from obviously given the name prohibition (prohibiting). Opportunities of the prohibition period included a multitude of different things. The first thing that comes to mind is less domestic violence. I would not count this as necessarily … Continue reading Opportunities and Obstacles of the Prohibition Period (1920’s)

Prohibition- 1920’s

Prohibition: The action of forbidding something, especially by law. (Oxford University Press, 2019) The 18th Amendment went into effect in 1920. Which made it illegal to sell, manufacture, or transport intoxicating liquors. Even though all except 2 states voted in favor of the 18th Amendment, there were still people who did not agree. This lead to a big disagreement between neighbors, friends, and even family … Continue reading Prohibition- 1920’s

Prohibition: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly:)

Prohibition in the 1920’s banned the sale, importation, transportation, and production of alcohol. The social movement to ban alcohol in the United States was nothing new; the temperance movement started in the early 1800’s and it stood for the same values as the 18th amendment. As with most things there were distinct groups that supported either side, the individuals that sided with prohibition were nicknamed … Continue reading Prohibition: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly:)

Pros and Cons Of Prohibition

         In the 1920’s a wave of religious revivalism swept the United States leading to the increased calls for the temperance movement. It was one of the nation’s longest lasting reform movements. Prohibition in the United States was a nationwide constitutional ban on the production, sale, importation, and transportation of alcohol which was a result of the 18th Amendment.     The reasoning behind the act of … Continue reading Pros and Cons Of Prohibition

Pros and Cons of The “Moral” Legislation Known As Prohibition

Prohibition on any type of good will have its supporters and opponents. Prohibition in the United States during the 1920s involved the ban on the sale, production, and transportation of alcoholic drinks had two main sides known as the “Drys” and the “Wets.” The Drys were in support of the temperance movement where all people did not consume alcoholic beverages. On the opposing side were … Continue reading Pros and Cons of The “Moral” Legislation Known As Prohibition

The Progressive Era and Democratic Paradise

The Progressives’ ideal image of the United States would be a middle-class Utopia where education, heath, safety and security, and economic well being thrived. The progressives were trying to create a more efficient and safe working environment. This included limiting the amount of hours allowed to work and regulation of quality and safety within factories, coal mines, etc. and increasing wages, and improving the overall … Continue reading The Progressive Era and Democratic Paradise

The Progressive Era: A Time of Regulation

In the late 1800 and early 1900s, the Progressive Era began which was a time of making or attempting change in the workplace. People of the middle class, primarily, wanted a new way of looking at things that would improve the lives of everyone. This era was sparked by Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire that left women trapped in a factory and forced to jump to … Continue reading The Progressive Era: A Time of Regulation

The Progressive Era… “Not the insurance company”

To better understand what the Progressive Era was all about it is a very good idea to know what progressivism is. “Progressivism is a broad term used to describe a shared philosophical approach rather than a formally organized movement, provided an answer to this threat.” (Keene, pg. 537) These problems were the main focus of the Progressives who wanted rights for all workers, including the … Continue reading The Progressive Era… “Not the insurance company”

Progressives and Government Intervention

The 20th century Progressives were a very diverse group of reformers that were concerned with a changing society. These reformers consisted mainly of middle-class women whom today would be considered the lower-upper class. They were concerned with industrialism and sought to rid the government of corruption.  Progressives wanted to Americanize, they wanted to take the new immigrants and eradicate the differences they brought. These reformers … Continue reading Progressives and Government Intervention