Browse Exhibits (17 total)

The Black Legion, the Moorish Science Temple, and the Midwest

An investigation into the origin of similarities between the racist Black Legion and the African-American Moorish Science Temple in the early 1900s. 

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Mormon Integration into American Society

This exhibit uses legal journals and historical doctrines to relay the "in-betweeness" of Mormon people in the 19th and early 20th century. Much of the reason for the Mormon's detachment from American society is due to their early polygamous doctrines. 

The Reflection and Dynamics of Race, Nationality, and Gender within Storyville, New Orleans

The Black Baptist Church and African American Identity

This exhibit seeks to explore the identity of African Americans during an "in-between" time, in which they were transitioning out of slavery and looking to establish an identity in American society. It identifies the Baptist Church as playing a fundamental role in creating that identity, as it became the largest and most influential institution that blacks came to identify with. The black identity during this time was shaped specifically by the theological values of the church, the prominent role of women in the church, and the political leadership of church leaders.

Roosevelt, Wilson, and the Great War

This exhibit seeks to explore a two part question.  The first part is whether or not Roosevelt actually extended the Monroe Doctrine through the Roosevelt corollary or whether it was simply a way to justify a patriarchal imperialism.  The Second part is whether or not Roosevelt and his policies played a role in the change in Wilson's policies that led to his request for Congress to declare war on Germany and enter World War I.

Politicized Space and a City Beautiful: The Case of Washington, DC in the 20th Century

This exhibit will explore the birth of the City Beautiful movement in Washington, DC and how it led to a politicization and monopolization of space by those in power. The main question to consider is how did the City Beautiful movement and city planners in early-20th century Washington, DC reflect the goals of the middle and upper classes while neglecting the lower classes?

The Irish American Identity

The late nineteenth and the early twentieth centuries saw immense change in the societal perception of the irish in America.  Shifting political, social, and demographic beliefs contributed to this change.  Yet, the Irish themselves played a role in the shaping of their own identity.  Using the lens of New York City, this exhibit hopes to explore the role of Irish Americans.  How did the New York Irish use a variety of individual power, organizations, and cultural events to gain a more prominent role in New York, and forge the Irish American identity?

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Japanese Relocation And Internment

Featuring a range of primary source documents from political cartoons to United States Supreme Court dockets, this exhibit examines the legal processes and the military justifications used to enact Japanese relocation and internment during World War II. How did the federal government suspend the constitutional rights of hundreds of thousands of citizens? What motivated those decisions? How did racism especially influence and enable the decisions for relocation and internment?

The Federal Housing Administration's Role in Creating Racial Ghettos in Chicago

This exhibit takes a look at the role of the Federal Housing Administration's role in creating racial ghettos in Chicago, taking a close look at the effects of FHA policies on African American resident of Chicago in the decades after the Great Migration. Historical newspapers and political cartoons portray the mood of this period in Chicago, while secondary sources attempt to piece together a cause and effect realtionship between the actions of the FHA and the situation in Chicago. My essay reconciles both primary and secondary sources to analyze the emergence of racial ghettos in Chicago in both a historical and intellectual sense.

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Southern Freedmen's Schools as Equalizers?

Using the Freedmen's Schools of the South as a basis for African American education, this exhibit explores the functions of public schools as both racial uplifters and exclusionary agents.