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Caucasian But Not White: Race and the Portuguese in Hawaii

Caucasian But Not White: Race and the Portuguese in Hawaii

How would you define your Portuguese ancestors who went to Hawaii?  You might start by calling them Azorean, Madeiran, and Portuguese.  You would call them Caucasian, wouldn’t you?  But, would you call them White?  Those who controlled Hawaii’s business and political interests in the 1870s did not.  The Portuguese who went to Hawaii were officially classified as “Caucasian But Not White”. How is that possible?  Aren’t Caucasians White? In order to answer those questions we need to transport ourselves back…

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The Historical Significance of My Dad’s Army Photos,1951-1952: Desegregation of the US Military

The Historical Significance of My Dad’s Army Photos,1951-1952: Desegregation of the US Military

My dad served in the Korean Conflict in 1951-1952.  He was stationed in Hokkaido, Japan for most of that time.  As I was sifting through his photo album, I was hit with the historical significance of his photographs.  They show the beginnings of the integration of the United States military–the end of segregated service. On 26 Jul 1948, President Harry S. Truman signed executive order 9981.  With a single stroke of his pen, he set into motion the wheels that…

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