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Japanese-American Internment Camps


Your students will identify with the plight of Japanese internees as told in their letters, diaries and photos. Use this tragic chapter of U.S. history to teach the dangers of majority abuse of a minority group. This Jackdaw provides the complete story from Pearl Harbor in 1941 through Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s Executive Order 9066 to President Reagan’s official apology that included reparations in 1988. Historians: Leona Hiraoke and Ken Masugi, adapted by Muriel L. Dubois. The contents of this Jackdaw feature:


  • Asian Immigration
  • A Question of Fear
  • Going to Internment Camps
  • Fighting Internment
  • Deciding Loyalty and Ending Relocation

Timeline — 1800 to 1992

Historical Documents

  • Front page: San Francisco Chronicle, Dec. 8, 1941, announcing Japan had bombed Pearl Harbor.
  • Walter Lippmann’s, “Fifth Column” article, Feb. 12, 1942.
  • Executive Order 9066, by F.D.R. on Feb. 19, 1942.
  • Public Law 503: Penalties for not following Order 9066.
  • Exclusion Order No. 27, with map of prohibited area.
  • Map: The locations of assembly and relocation centers.
  • Clippings: Seattle newspapers on plights of those interned.
  • War Relocation Auth. report on internment, Aug. 12, 1942.
  • Camp Harmony Newsletter from Puyallup A.C.
  • Student essay on journey from home to Pinedale A.C.
  • Page: Hunt High School yearbook, Minidoka R.C., Idaho.
  • Supreme Court decision: Korematsu v. The United States.
  • Controversial “no-no boys” questionnaire, Feb. 1943.
  • Public Law 100-383, by President Reagan in Aug. 1988, with apology to interned, granting each $20,000 in reparations.

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