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help in getting reestablished and they often faced concerted resistance from politicians, labor unions and war veterans who did not want their return on the Pacific coast. Many of them lost all of their property and their savings and had to start again from scratch. Despite these overwhelming odds, the Japanese-American community eventually revived and by the 1970s the war and the relocation were little more than an ugly memory. This even is significant in a number of ways. First, it‟s an example of the suppression of civil liberties and the abuse of authority that can often occur during times of war. It has happened before in American history and will likely happen again. It brings up such questions as this; our suspicions adequate to convict people in times of emergencies? What constitutes a reasonable suspicion and what constitutes a bonafied emergency? Second, it raises issues about how racial identity is formed and used to support public policies. Do racial groups have a general identifiable characteristics that justify treating them as a group in public policy? Can one be guilty by reason of race? These are useful questions for us to ask about World War II and about all periods of time in U.S. history and even the history of other nations. Racial categories are an important source of the social relations, tensions and conflicts in social relations in all countries at all times. Now for those who would like to learn more about this relocation period, leading historian on the subject is Roger Daniels and I recommend a book of his published in 1981 titled, Concentration Camps: North America, search that for additional information. (Scene changes to Professor Paul Hirt in a library-type setting) As you‟ve seen in this lesson, the Second World War brought dramatic change to the Northwest, including great population expansion, many changes in social relations, a vast expansion of military reservations and stunning economic expansion. But unlike the years following the World War I, no sever economic recession followed this war. This is in part because of the almost immediate initiation of the Cold War, which kept military spending levels at a high rate. A long period of sustained economic growth and development mark Northwest history for several decades after World War II. And social and demographic changes continue to pace also. These are the topics of the next lesson. (Graphic on screen reads: Executive Producers: Paul Hirt, Rick Gay. Director/Editor: Mike Kellam. Field Videography: Marc Grotle, Mitch Cook. Graphics: Margie Rose, Molly rose, Amy Scott, Mike Kellam. Research: Pat Kraut. Production Assistants: Patrick Sawitski, Cat
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16 Ellendar, Barry Ray. Engineering: Dee Ana Bell. Additional Camera: Mike Kellam, Barry Ray. Special Thanks: Carl Abbott, Jerry Garcia. A production of The Extended Degree Program in cooperation with Educational Telecommunications and Technology. Copyright 1997. Washington State University. http/:)
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