Discrimination during World War II

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The survey results on what students wanted to learn more about were pretty mixed, so I’m going to do the discussion board a little differently this week.

This week you have a selection of videos to watch concerning discrimination in the United States during World War II. Please read all of the following information and instructions before proceeding to watch the videos. Please note some of these videos contain images and news reel clips of racial discrimination/violence and warfare. Several of these videos are propaganda films put together by the Office of War Information or other departments in the federal government. Keep in mind that they may be biased.

Directions: Pick TWO groups (for lack of a better term) to dicuss in your main post (Ethnic Mexicans, African Americans, women, and/or Japanese Americans) and cite from at least TWO of the videos. In other words you only need to watch the first video and then the videos for the two groups you pick. You do not have to make your reply post to someone who covered the same groups. For example, you could offer a comparison with the groups you focused on.

Questions: What were social and/or economic issues faced by the two groups you picked during World War II? Were there any new opportunities/advances made by these two groups during World War II (think social, economic, etc)?Overall, do you think the civil rights of the two groups you dicussed expanded or decreased during World War II?

General Discrimination – All Students Must Watch!https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ZKPpEUsjLo (Links to an external site.)“Americans All” 1940s, racial/ethnic and religious discrimination

ETHNIC MEXICANS – Bracero Program (Mexicans) and Zoot Suit Riots (Mexican Americans)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=in4wXocVgUQ (Links to an external site.)

This is a short documentary on the Bracero Program from the 1950s, however the ideas still apply to how the program worked in the 1940s. Note that it is propaganda for continuing the Bracero Program, so take that into consideration while you watch it. Pay attention to the work being done.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0UqmPYQ_Vb0 (Links to an external site.)

“Los Braceros: Strong Arms to Aid the U.S.A.” documentary

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xckD780EYOY (Links to an external site.) Zoot Suit Riots 1943, Los Angeles, Mexican Americans


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A1b5mEGmlxE (Links to an external site.) African American colleges

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0BCcafk9vWg (Links to an external site.) African Americans in the Navy

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8LqNMA3Vpdo (Links to an external site.) Racism/racial violence towards African Americans


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o3Ov2_Uiumg (Links to an external site.) “Woman Power” 1943, female factory workers building airplanes

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HgVdUBLb6K8 (Links to an external site.) “Women of Steel” 1943, female workers in the steel industry

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kxNnG7aPAfg (Links to an external site.) “We’re in the Army Now” 1943 Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps (WAAC, later changed to WAC)


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OgkNaK6fviA (Links to an external site.) “A Challenge to Democracy” 1942, The War Relocation Authority, Japanese American detention camps

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=31MwRgrWOf8 (Links to an external site.)“Japanese Internment: From Pearl Harbor to Internment” treatment and fears of Japanese Americans immediately following Pearl Harbor, Executive Order 9066

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ujDPvUFSfdw (Links to an external site.) “Japanese Internment” documentary, relocation process and description of camps from Japanese Americans

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yogXJl9H9z0 (Links to an external site.) George Takei interview on his internment during World War II, issues with loyalty questionnaire Japanese Americans were required to answer

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