February 10, 2022

In this issue: Day of Remembrance; the Campaign to Integrate the Army Nurse Corps; #ArtifactRoadTrip to Colorado; FDR, Civil Rights, and Race; Executive Order 9066.

Day of Remembrance
February 16, 2022, 2pm ET
In commemoration of the Day of Remembrance (Feb 19, 2022), FDR Library Acting Director William Harris talks to historian Greg Robinson, author of several books on Japanese American Incarceration, including: By Order of the President, and A Tragedy of Democracy. This virtual event is made possible through the generous support of Patti Hirahara.

This program will rebroadcast on the Day of Remembrance, February 19, at 2PM.
Japanese Internment
©George and Frank C. Hirahara Collection, WSU Libraries

The campaigns to integrate the Army Nurse Corps were part of a larger civil rights struggle that contested both race ideology and gender identity. Chapman University Associate Professor of History and author Charissa Threat examines the struggles faced by both African American women and White men in breaking into the Army Nurse Corps.

Historian and Author Charissa Threat
"The Coal Pickers" by Charles F. Ramus was created in 1939 for the Colorado Art Project, Federal Art Project, Works Progress Administration (WPA). Find out more about this #ArtifactRoadTrip print on our Digital Artifact Collection.

During the 1930s, African Americans ended their long allegiance to the Republican Party—which dated back to the days of Abraham Lincoln—and became a Democratic voting bloc. Black voters in northern cities provided crucial support to FDR in the 1940 and 1944 presidential elections. Yet despite this overwhelming support, FDR did not become a champion of civil rights, believing his New Deal reforms would be jeopardized if he took advanced positions on race.

Issued by President Roosevelt on February 19, 1942, this order authorized the evacuation of all persons deemed a threat to national security from the West Coast to relocation centers further inland. In the next 6 months, over 100,000 men, women, and children of Japanese ancestry were evacuated to and incarcerated within isolated, fenced, and guarded relocation centers, known as internment camps.

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