Browse Exhibits (17 total)

American Health and the 1906 Pure Food and Drug Act

What were the social, political, and institutional factors that led to the passage of the 1906 Pure Food and Drug Act, and how did the bill itself contribute to the continuing discussion of what it meant to be an American?

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The Religious Emancipation of African Americans


Inquiry Question: What role did the African Methodist Episcopal Church serve in combating segregation, and how did it contribute towards elevating the African American’s position in American society?


Five Points: The Irish Gang Land

This exhibit aims to answer the question of why the Irish immigrant population in the 19th century continually flocked to the Five Points region of Manhattan, and why this marginalized population existed as "un-American" and henceforth became America's most notorious gangsters of the time.

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Mexican Labor in the City of Angels, 1900-1950

This exhibit is a collection of documents that investigate the experience of the Mexican laborer in and around Los Angeles County in the first half of the twentieth century. It explores the general trends in attitudes held about and by Mexican and Mexican-American laborers in Los Angeles. By looking at sources from multiple perspectives, the "in-betweenness" of this community can be better examined. Specifically, this collection gathers sources from the elite educated community, the press and public, the government, and the laborers themselves to explore each aspect of liminality in a world itself in transition. How each group talked about and regarded Mexican laborers informs the nuanced attitudes of white Americans, Mexican-Americans, and Mexican natives during this period.

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American Womanhood on the Variety Stage

Inquiry Question: How was the image of the American woman projected as she transitioned out of the Victorian era through vaudeville?

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Integration or Isolation: Jazz and the Search for Cultural Integration in America

Did the evolution of music and the eventual Jazz Age signify acceptance of African Americans as integrated members of American society?

1920s: Jazz and Slumming

This exhibit will examine the question: how did jazz music in the 1920s contribute to (and fail to contribute to) the blurring of existing racial lines in American urban centers?

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