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Lecture 17- April 2

Lecture 17- April 2 - 4 Japan a By losing in WWII it...

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International History of the U.S. in the 20 th Century Lecture 17 April 2, 2008 Elvis and Bemis, the 1950s and 1960s 1) Puerto Rico a) Became a commonwealth in 1952 b) Free exchange of labor/migration between US and Puerto Rico c) Puerto Rico free from taxes, but has no representation 2) Immigration laws a) McCarran-Walter Immigration Act 1952 i) Feared immigrants with radical/Communist ideologies ii) Made the US seem insecure though, afraid of freedom of ideas iii) Allowed a very small quota for Asians (1) Because US was involved in defending Korea, but how could it be a racist nation that did not allow Asians? (2) Symbolic quotas iv) Truman vetoes the Act (1) Veto overruled 3) Bad Day at Black Rock (1955) a) Compares the struggles of Asians in the west to that of blacks in the south b) Macreedy wants to find his Japanese friend with whom he served in the war, but he is given a hard time by Reno Smith, who represents McCarthy
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Unformatted text preview: 4) Japan a) By losing in WWII, it actually got much of what it was fighting for in WWII: regional power, rising economic power. It also got protection from the United States b) Janken Girls (1955) i) Americanization without America c) Close relationship between finance capital and industrial capital in the state d) Prospers in the Cold War as an ally of the United States 5) Immigration from Latin America a) There were no quotas for immigrants from Latin America b) Mexico was a source of much needed labor for the United States 6) La Paz, Bolivia a) Then Vice President Richard Nixon was welcomed in Bolivia in 1958 b) When he went to Caracas though, Nixon was not accepted but spat on i) People not happy that the United States had intervened against democracy, had stopped the Good Neighbor Policy...
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