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When:
November 17, 2018 @ 11:00 am
2018-11-17T11:00:00-08:00
2018-11-17T11:15:00-08:00
Where:
Kern County Museum--Black Gold Exhibit
3801 Chester Ave
Bakersfield, CA 93301
USA

Speaker–Francisco J. Llamas

Since 1848, U.S. has maintained a policy that focused on Naval Expansion for trade purposes. Every decade after, with the exception of the Civil War, the U.S. has maintained an expansionist mentality. These policies were more evident after 1890s. This lead to the U.S. being understrength and unprepared for a long war that required foot soldiers. Even though the U.S. did not formally enter the war until 1917, national policies were implemented to bolster U.S. Army numbers, just in case, including Jones-Shafroth Act, Selective Service Act, and the National Defense Act of 1916. As a result, recruitment was done in such haste that it reignited old world animosities between immigrant groups and issues forcing the U.S. government to implement new policies with dealing with immigrant groups and African American recruits.