Michael Hass wrote an editorial condemning their terrorist acts against Mexican Americans in Orange County, California. (His adoptive mother’s sister had married a Californio, that is, a descendent of a pre-statehood Californian whose Spanish ancestry predated Mexico’s independence from Spain.) While in Detroit, Michael Haas observed one of the effects of President Roosevelt’s “hire now, train later” affirmative action during World War II, namely, blacks hired anew in the cafeteria of the General Motors Building in downtown Detroit, across the street from the Fisher Building, where his father worked at radio station WJR.

In 1950, he moved with his adoptive parents to Los Angeles, where his father became program director of radio station KMPC. He attended Le Conte Junior High School and graduating from Hollywood High School in 1956. The 1950s were the dark days in which perceived left-wing members of the film industry were blacklisted, and several of his classmates were directly affected because their parents were fired or investigated. As a result, he joined the American Civil Liberties Union in college.

During the next ten years, he held temporary positions at Loyola Marymount University, California State University (Fullerton), California State University (Los Angeles), California Polytechnic University (Pomona), Rio Hondo College, College of the Canyons, and Occidental College. In December 2008, he resigned from his latest teaching position to complete his latest book, George W. Bush, War Criminal? The Bush Administration’s Liability for 269 War Crimes (2009).

Among other books that he has written over the years, the earliest were edited collections of original essays focusing on basic questions in the field of political science—Approaches to the Study of Political Science (1970) and International Systems: A Behavioral Approach(1974). He also compiled several reference books—International Organization: An Interdisciplinary Bibliography (1971) and Basic Documents of Asian Regional Organizations(nine volumes published from 1974-1985).

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