"President Franklin Delano Roosevelt declared that the day of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941, would live in infamy." The day that was later used to justify imprisoning Americans based on their race/ethnicity. *Secondary Source*
"The Great Depression was the worst economic downturn in the history of the industrialized world. It began after the stock market crash of 1929, which wiped out millions of investors, and lasted until 1939." Its impacts went beyond economics to also alter identity, politics, and global relations. One effect to American identity was an increase in restrictive immigration laws. *Secondary Source*
This poem establishes the fear and striping of American rights and freedoms during a time where the means were justified by protecting national security. This is a primary source from the perspective of an interned Japanese American. One use in an essay- often, we focus so much on the government side of matters that we overlook the effect it had on the people.
"The Immigration Act of 1924 was the first permanent limitation on immigration", and established the quota system. This act reflected a time of increased nativism in the U.S. The fears of the people are mirrored in the actions of Congress. *Primary Source*
"Annotation: Palmer Hayden was one of the first African American artists to portray the African American experience." A visual representation of the revival and celebration of African American heritage in the 1930s. It shows us that in spite of economic instability and in the face of government obstacles to equal citizenship, African Americans continued to thrive within their communities *Primary Source*