IMPORTANT EVENTS
CONSTITUTION &
BILL OF RIGHTS
MISSOURI COMPROMISE
CIVIL WAR & 13TH and 14TH AMENDMENTS
DRED SCOTT
BROWN VS. THE BOARD OF EDUCATION
BAKKE DECISION
PLESSY VS. FERGUSON
PROPOSITION 209
WORLD WAR II
INTERVIEWS
INTRODUCTION TO INTERVIEWS
CARL CLEMMONS
MASAKO HIRATA
IRENE LEON
INFORMATION
DICTIONARY
TEACHER PAGE
SAMPLE INTERVIEW PAGE




LOCAL HISTORY

San Bernardino was a small town in the early part of the 20th century. The citrus industry and the Santa Fe railroad were the main employers at that time. This town was like many California towns and was populated by many different ethnic groups. There were and still are Hispanics, Afican-Americans, Japanese -Americans and Chinese-Americans. Also like many towns during this time these groups faced segregation in their daily lives.

The local theaters had roped off sections for minorities. Many local restaurants posted "White Trade Only" signs and the local swimming pool was off limits to minorities except for the day before the water was changed. Minority children could not join the Boy Scouts or have a paper route. Even as adults working at the Santa Fe railroad whites and minorities had separate washrooms. Carl Clemons, Masako Hirata, and Irene Leon, grew up in San Bernardino before World War II and offer first hand accounts of life at that time.



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