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Supreme Authority

"To the Best of My Ability"

Release Date: 06/03/2020

A Day of Infamy show art A Day of Infamy

"To the Best of My Ability"

President Franklin D. Roosevelt wins his third term bid for president, but a foreign crisis brews in the Pacific. Contending with an isolationist movement in America, he maneuvers policies and naval fleets in preparation for war, all the while convincing the US public the importance of becoming the “arsenal of democracy.”

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"To the Best of My Ability"

In 1933, Franklin D. Roosevelt inherits a nation amidst The Great Depression, but around the world, fascist powers gain footholds. FDR begins to shape foreign policy through a series of addresses that connect the American people to the president in an unprecedented way, threading the needle between readying the nation for war and appeasing isolationists.

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"To the Best of My Ability"

After the attack on Pearl Harbor, suspicions around Japanese American citizens began to grow. In February of 1942, FDR signed executive order 9066, which was used to justify the forced removal of more than 120,000 Japanese Americans from their homes and incarcerated them in camps in California, Utah, New Mexico, Arkansas, and other states. Despite the lack of any evidence of wrongdoing, these Americans remained incarcerated through March 20, 1946. After 33 months, Japanese Americans could return home.

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In February 1946, a California Court heard arguments challenging the practice of segregating students of Mexican descent into “remedial schools for Mexicans.” Sylvia Mendez would ultimately prevail and the Court deemed the schools unconstitutional, thus ending legal segregation in California, but Sylvia was not permitted to attend the school near her home designated for white children until 1948. This case would later be used to justify the “separate is unequal” ruling of 1954’s Brown v. Board of

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On February 12, 1946, Isaac Woodard, a decorated veteran of the Pacific theater, was arrested. What followed was one of the nation’s most heinous hate crimes. Two weeks later, James Stephenson was the victim of an attempted lynching. It wasn’t until figures like Orson Welles and Langston Hughes publicly called out these racist attacks committed by law enforcement that Truman finally began to address the racial injustices and violence, and ultimately the desegregation of the military in 1948.

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"To the Best of My Ability"

In a January 25, 1946 telegram, Gen. Douglas MacArthur recommended that Hirohito not face a war crimes trial. The IMT for the Far East, also known as the Tokyo War Crimes Tribunal, tried Japanese military and political leaders on 55 counts. The defendants included former prime ministers, former foreign ministers, and former military commanders. To MacArthur, Hirohito was a valuable symbol of Japanese national unity. As long as he agreed to cooperate, he was useful to American occupation authorities.

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The strike wave of 1945-1946 was a series of large-scale post-war labor strikes in the United States, spanning numerous industries and public utilities. In the year after V-J Day, more than five million American workers were involved in strikes. The strikes lasted on average four times longer than those during the war, and even today remain the largest “job actions” strikes in American labor history.

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By January 5, 1946, President Truman had had enough. In a letter to his Secretary of State, James, F. Byrnes, he declared “I’m sick of babying the Soviets.” This blunt statement set off a chain of events known as the Cold War. Fears over a new global war with the USSR cast a pallor over every aspect of American life. State-side, suspicions turned into targeting Jewish, Black, and gay Americans suspected of being involved in the Communist Party, setting the stage for an unprecedented era of domestic sp

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After more than 20 years living abroad as an expatriate in Italy, poet and Nazi sympathizer Ezra Pound was charged with 19 counts of treason against the United States. During World War II, Pound broadcast pro-Facist propaganda into the United States. Pound was eventually found mentally unfit to stand trial and while institutionalized, he managed to befriend white supremacists and members of the Ku Klux Klan, including John Kasper.

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Throughout World War II, persecuted Jews tried to find their way into the British Mandate of Palestine, often deemed illegally by British authorities. On December 14, 1945, the ship Hannah Senesh, carrying 252 refugees, evaded patrols and beached itself at Nahariya in Palestine. This increased regional tensions, which would explode into war in 1948 with the invasion of the newly established State of Israel by its Arab neighbors. Truman was the first US president to be faced with trouble in the Middle East.

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