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Humanities 2319 - De La Portilla, Elizabeth: set your foundation for genealogical research: Home

Setting a foundation for genealogical research. Secondary sources such as encyclopedias, books and articles.

A Different Mirror

Click the book image to read Chapter 1 (pdf) or find the book on Reserve here in the library, 2nd floor.

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Minorities--United States--History

United States--Race Relations

United States--Ethinic Relations

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Interviewing family members for genealogical research: set your foundation!

Sample topics explored by past students:

1) The African American "Great Migration" out of the Southern agricultural areas to the Northern industrial cities. What impact did it have on politics and popular culture? 

2) What happened to the Japanese Americans after World War II? Where did they move back to after their incarceration? What laws affected Japanese immigration during this time? Did any Japanese American groups pursue legal redress to their incarceration?

3) How did the United Farm Workers organize and address labor issues such as the U.S.-Mexico bracero program? What role has the UFW played in U.S. immigration policy?

4) Politics – who controlled the Presidency and Congress during the period? How did minority communities vote? Or did they?

5) What events in history happened locally, nationally or internationally during the time period you are researching?

6) How were the Vietnam War, Gulf I, or other military conflicts perceived by Americans at home? What effect does war have on families and communities?

7) Culture and religion - what kind of music, clothing, movies were popular during this time period? How did pop culture reflect attitudes and perceptions of various minority groups or communities? How do specific religions affect how people communicate and act?

8) Why were Native Americans sent to reservations? What was life like before and after the "Removal?"

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