Letters from the 8th Grade Social Studies Class, 1951
The right to petition Congress is not limited to voting-age adults. Even children, like these Hawaiian students, were involved in petitioning Congress to support Hawaiian statehood. In one letter to Senator Joseph O'Mahoney (D-WY), student Elizabeth Yong thanked O'Mahoney for his support of Hawaiian statehood and expressed the hope that she might one day have the privilege of voting for President of the United States. In another letter student Yoshio Nishimori proclaims that Hawaiians are sending troops to fight in Korea and concludes that Hawaii should be able to send Senators and Representatives to Congress.