Today in 1935: The first “neutrality act” is signed into law

Aug 31, 2012 By: Jeremy Byellin

On August 31, 1935, President Franklin D. Roosevelt reluctantly signed the Neutrality Act into law, the first of many through 1941.

Today in 1988: The Civil Liberties Act is signed into law

Aug 10, 2012 By: Jeremy Byellin

Today in 1988, the Civil Liberties Act was signed into law by President Ronald Reagan. The Act provided reparations to Japanese Americans for their internment during World War II.

Today in 1953: The first Veterans Day is celebrated

Nov 11, 2011 By: Jeremy Byellin

On November 11, 1953, Veterans Day was first celebrated in Emporia, Kansas. Previously the holiday was known as “Armistice Day.”

Today in 1942: Gasoline rationing begins

Jul 22, 2011 By: Jeremy Byellin

Because of the critical shortage of both gasoline and rubber, the Office of Price Administration began a mandatory gasoline rationing program on July 22, 1942.

EastLaw: Korematsu and Japanese Internment

May 25, 2011 By: Jeremy Byellin

Korematsu v. U.S. ruled Japanese Internment during World War II constitutional. But could internment happen again?

EastLaw: Immigration and Chinese Exclusion

May 4, 2011 By: Jeremy Byellin

From the late-19th century through the mid-20th, Chinese immigration was severely restricted because of negative sentiment on the West Coast.

Today in 1943: FDR freezes prices, wages, and employment

Apr 8, 2011 By: Jeremy Byellin

Today in 1943, President Roosevelt signed executive order 9328 in an effort to control wartime inflation. The order froze prices, wages, and employment.