Fighting for Democracy

Fighting for Democracy: Who is the "We" in
"We, the People"?

Extended through August 12, 2012
Lower Level Gallery
Free with Museum admission

Fighting for Democracy: Who is the "We” in “We the People”? highlights the stories of seven diverse individuals, their service to their country and their civic engagement that helped to change our American democracy for the betterment of all.

The exhibition uses World War II as a case study to begin discussion about how women and minorities have expanded the meaning of “we” in “we the people.” It looks at the experiences of seven real people and traces their stories throughout the pre-war, war, and post-war periods as examples of the millions of Americans whose lives were affected by the war.

These stories help viewers to understand the conditions facing Americans before and during World War II while challenging them to think critically about freedom, history, and, ultimately, the ongoing struggle to live democratically in a diverse America.

Fighting for Democracy is presented as a companion to the current AANM exhibition Patriots & Peacemakers: Arab Americans in Service to Our Country, in the Main Floor Gallery.

Both exhibitions are free with Museum admission and on display through June 10, 2012.

Developed by the National Center for the Preservation of Democracy, an educational program of the Japanese American National Museum funded through a Congressional appropriation and in partnership with the U.S. Army Center of Military History, the Fighting for Democracy experiential exhibition premiered in Los Angeles in 2005 and is in the midst of a national tour.

Pictured at top:
(top row, left to right) Frances Slanger, ca. 1942. From the Frances Slanger Collection in the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center at Boston University; Héctor García ca. 1944-45. Dr. Héctor P. García Papers, Special Collections & Archives, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Bell Library; George Saito (middle, with brothers), 1944. Gift of Mary Saito Tominaga, Japanese American National Museum; Bill Terry, December 1944. National Archives;

(bottom row, left to right)  Hazel Ying Lee, 1943. The Woman’s Collection, Texas Woman’s University; Domingo Los Baños, August 15, 1945. Collection of Domingo Los Baño; Carl Gorman, June 27, 1944. National Archives.

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