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dc.contributor.advisorPoor, Lauren
dc.contributor.authorBurke, Anabel
dc.contributor.otherBaylor Universityen_US
dc.date.accessioned2017-05-25T00:06:24Z
dc.date.available2017-05-25T00:06:24Z
dc.date.copyright2017-05-08
dc.date.issued2017-05-24
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2104/10015
dc.description.abstractMany individuals hold a false notion that America is a safe haven for refugees, but a closer look at the refugee crisis surrounding World War II (1930-1948) tells a different story; Franklin Delano Roosevelt (FDR) and Harry S. Truman faced the difficult decision of if they should help Jewish refugees, and if so, how. In this thesis I argue that presidents’ actions concerning refugees are tempered by political concerns and driven by a xenophobic America, and that for a president to act humanitarianly and openly in refugees’ best interest that they are usually not facing reelection and are in a relatively safe political position. By examining the political correspondence of both presidents, I show that refugees fare best when they seek aid and admittance to the United States under a second-term president, and the examples of FDR and Truman help to shed a light on the more recent Syrian refugee crisis and former President Obama’s motivations and dealings with those clamoring at America’s gates.en_US
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dc.subjectWorld War II.en_US
dc.subjectRefugees.en_US
dc.subjectJewish.en_US
dc.subjectFranklin Roosevelt.en_US
dc.subjectHarry Truman.en_US
dc.subjectMotivations.en_US
dc.titleRefugees in Times of Reelection: An Analysis of Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Harry S. Truman’s Responses to Jewish Refugees During and After World War IIen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.rights.accessrightsWorldwide accessen_US
dc.contributor.departmentHistory.en_US
dc.contributor.schoolshonors collegeen_US


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