Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Spies, Traitors, Saboteurs Exhibit Opens in Chicago-- Part 2: Oklahoma City Bombing

One of the reasons for the massive public reaction against Japanese-Americans after Pearl Harbor took place because during the attack, a Japanese plane crash landed on a Hawaiian island.  The pilot was initially captured by citizens, but was freed and rearmed by a Japanese-American.

There were also German bombing campaigns within the United States prior to our entry into World War I.  In Mosinee, Wisconsin, on May Day 1950 the local American Legion staged a day-long mock Communist coup to dramatize what life would be like under Soviet rule.

Other items in the exhibit are about Timothy McVeigh (Oklahoma City Bombing), Chicagoan Bernardine Dohern and the Weather Underground, Joseph McCarthy and intercepted mail bombs to important people.

The exhibit was put together as a reaction to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks and debuted in 2004 at the International Spy Museum in Washington, D.C.  It has traveled extensively ever since and Chicago will be its final stop.


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