Minorities on the Homefront during WWII Essay

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1940-1945 ( Social )

Mexican- Americans experience on the home front during WWII.....In Los Angeles, California a series of riots broke out that involved whites and latino youths running around wearing zoot suits. Army men stationed in Southern California did not like Latinos roaming around in suits that weren't seen as suitable during wartime. Los Angeles, with the highest concentration of mexicans outside of Mexico, were separated into the worst and oldest parts of the city. In addition to that they were segregated with jobs as well, they had the lowest paying jobs. They were talked about and made look bad in propaganda by the whites. That's why there was so much tension between the whites and the Mexicans, latinos. The Sleepy
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They were limited to how they could serve and could not serve as flight men, they could join but only to be prepared to go into combat. The African-Americans that served were sent to the worst bases and just had to wait, and were humiliated until they were assigned something to do by the white officers. The surrounding areas of the bases were very dangerous and risky because violence towards African- Americans continued. During WWII African- Americans were now shifting from an agrarian lifestyle and became skilled workers and moved away from segregation based in the South.

1930 ( Economic ) -

The federal government during this Great Depression wanted to become more involved in the economic life of the American people. President FDR came in with his New Deal seeking to get the American people out of the large hole Hoover had dug them in. Influenced by the Townsend movement, the Social Security Act was a welfare system to help the old and the unemployed. There was also the passage of the National Labor Relations Act, or the Wagner Act. Robert Wagner of New York wanted to dissolve unions in companies and unfair practices to collect for fair labor negotiations. The Wagner Act brought alive the American Labor Movement and a permanent change in the way labor was going to be managed. The Fair Labor Act which established which established minimum wages and maximum hours of work per week. There was bread lines for the poor

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