Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Chopas to Speak on the Selective Internment of Italians in WW2

Mary Beth Basile Chopas, Adjunct Professor, UNC Law School, will present in Boston College’s Legal History Roundtable on February 25, 2016.  She will speak on her current project, “the first legal analysis of the selective internment process during World War II using Italian civilian internees as the case study.  It explores how the U.S. executive branch and administrative agencies responded to perceived threats during war, how ‘justice’ works during times of crisis, and how the federal government defined race and immigrant status and its impact on eligibility for citizenship during wartime.”

1 comment:

Shag from Brookline said...

I was born (1930) in Boston and grew up there during WW II, residing in a heavily Irish Catholic neighborhood that included a sizable contingent of Italian Americans and a lesser number of German Americans. (I'm neither Irish, Italian nor German.) I did not note personally antagonisms among my peer group towards Italians and Germans, although I was aware from local newspapers of certain tensions because of WW II. My experience looking back was how Italian Americans were so outgoing and hospitable and readily identified as of Italian ethnicity. I had German American friends who were not as open about their ethnicity, perhaps because Hitler was perceived as more evil than Mussolini.