How did World War II impact the people who migrated?

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World War II had an impact on people who migrated to our country and moved within our country. During World War II, as part of the Bracero program, many Mexican people came to the United States to help harvest crops in the farm fields of California. These people often worked for low pay and had very long hours. Also, there was violence towards the Mexican youth who wore a popular suit called the Zoot Suit. However, this suit used a lot of fabric. We were trying to conserve cloth for the army, and people were angry with the Mexican youth for wearing these suits.

Within our country, African-Americans moved from the South to the North. They did this because jobs were available in the northern factories. They often experienced racism and discrimination. At times, this turned to violence, as people were suspicious of the African-Americans.

The Japanese-Americans who lived in the United States also faced discrimination and harassment. There was a lot of fear that the Japanese-Americans would help Japan and not the United States. Thus, Japanese-Americans who lived in cities along the west coast were forced to move to internment camps in the interior of our country. These people, who were loyal Americans, were forced to move because of their nationality. It wasn’t until the 1980s, that government formally apologized to them and made restitution those who were still alive.

Thus, World War II impacted people who migrated to the United States or moved from one region to another within the United States.

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