Date

2018

Primary Wellesley Thesis Advisor

Brenna Greer

Additional Advisor(s)

Elena Creef

Abstract

During World War II, the U.S. government forcibly removed over 110,000 Japanese Americans from the West Coast and incarcerated them in concentration camps. At the same time, over 150,000 African Americans moved from the South to the West Coast in search of wartime employment, oftentimes building communities in the same neighborhoods from which Japanese Americans had been displaced. The war thrust Japanese Americans and African Americans into close proximity with one another, both physically and ideologically. My senior honors thesis explores the ways the state altered dominant ideas of race and citizenship during World War II and analyzes how these shifts impacted Japanese Americans’ and African Americans’ sense of national belonging and relationship to each other.

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