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World War II and immigration Published: March 6, 2011
The cataclysm of World War II (1937–45) had a profound effect on immigration to North America.
World War I and immigration Published: March 6, 2011
The outbreak of World War I in 1914 was seen by most Americans and many Canadians as a distinctly European problem.
John Winthrop (1588–1649) political and religious leader Published: March 6, 2011
As Puritan leader and first governor of Massachusetts Bay, John Winthrop played a fundamental role in establishing both the Puritan cultural ethos that characterized the leading English colonists in America and England’s actual political control of the Atlantic seaboard.
Winnipeg general strike Published: March 6, 2011
Post–World War I (1914–18) ethnic tensions, economic conditions, and the fear of bolshevism all contributed to the Winnipeg general strike of May 15 to June 28, 1919.
West Indian immigration Published: March 6, 2011

West Indians are of mixed racial and ethnic background.

Welfare Reform Act (United States) (1996) Published: March 6, 2011
More formally the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act, the Welfare Reform Act reflected the anti-immigrant mood of the 1990s and frustration over the mounting costs of providing social services to both citizens and immigrants.
Washington, D.C. Published: March 6, 2011
Washington, D.C., is unlike any other city in the United States. Having been established in the 1790s specifically as a new capital city for a new republic, it had no long-standing commercial base.
War Brides Act (Act of December 28, 1945) (1945) Published: March 6, 2011
The War Brides Act was the first of several related measures to allow United States soldiers to bring their alien brides and families into the United States following World War II (1941–45).
Lillian Wald (1867–1940) social worker, reformer Published: March 6, 2011
Lillian Wald was a pioneer in the field of public health nursing.
Edward Gibbon Wakefield (1796–1862) author, reformer Published: March 6, 2011
Edward Gibbon Wakefield was a doctrinaire and eccentric visionary, who did much to shape the British ideal of selfgovernment in white colonies, particularly Canada, Australia, and New Zealand.
Waipahu Plantation strike Published: March 6, 2011
The Waipahu Plantation strike of 1906 was one of the earliest collective labor actions in the face of state intervention and sugar industry bosses.