Chapter 9: War and Peace: Garrison State and Suburban Growth
1898- Spanish-American War established US as an Asia-Pacific power
Dec 7 1941- attack on Pearl Harbor sent American people into a panic
Immigration Act of 1924 prohibited Japanese from immigrating to the US
The “yellow peril” and a “white California” followed the panic and although President Roosevelt initially was appalled by the discrimination of our Japanese friends he later gave an executive order for all Japanese in America to be contained in relocation camps for 3 plus years in camps.
Japanese were relocated to containment camps, Mexican-Americans were being targeted by the military men, women began working in the factories, and African-Americans were working in shipyards where they were formerly not welcomed.
The social structure was completely changing in CA during WWII
After the war CA was faced with over population, and housing shortages and traffic: between 1945 and 1947 more than a million people migrated to CA
Chapter 13: Arnold! Stewardship or Squandered Legacy
For its first 110 years, CA was a Republican state
Republicans and Democrats had similar views on building CA through public construction and public programs
Second half of the 1900’s is looked as “dissent on the Left Coast” in areas of feminism, politics, sexuality and personal fulfillment, art, literature, education, etc
Hundreds of millions of dollars is spent by the gov’t in California goes to emergency funding for natural disasters such as earthquakes, severe storms like el ni ño, and massive brush fires.
High expectations on gov’t, dependency on state gov’t by local gov’t, debt services provided by the state, the energy crisis and other gov’t services all caught up with CA in 2003 with a $38 billion dollar shortfall in revenue
Arnold Schwarzenegger was an immigrant elected to govern an immigrant state