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Behind Barbed Wire: Japanese Internment
Educator Overview

ABC-CLIO Database: American History
Time Period: World War II and the Cold War Era, 1939-1960
Topic: The Japanese Internment
Skill: Analyze
Process: Define and Illustrate an Idea

Inquiry Question: How did internment during World War II violate Japanese Americans' civil liberties?

Objectives: After reviewing the specific actions taken by the U.S. government, the Bill of Rights, and the concept of due process, students will analyze the primary sources to explain how civil liberties of Japanese Americans were violated by these policies.

What students will discover in the sources: The reference entry "Japanese American Internment" presents an overview of the relocation and detainment of people of Japanese ancestry in the U.S. during World War II. The Bill of Rights visual shows how that document sets forth specific rights and protections guaranteed to American citizens, including protection against unreasonable search and seizure and the right to due process found in the Fourth and Fifth Amendments. The reference entry on due process covers the constitutional protection preventing the government from unfairly restricting a citizen's right to life, liberty, or property. The document "Franklin D. Roosevelt: Executive Order 9066 (1942)" presents the official order authorizing the internment of Japanese Americans as a precaution against their perceived threat to the U.S. war effort. The image "Japanese American evacuation poster" provides an example of the evacuation orders that violated Japanese Americans' civil liberties. The excerpt from Shigeo Kikuchi's 1942 memoir offers a firsthand account of the effects of the internment policy on Japanese Americans as individuals and as a community. Together, the sources help students understand how Japanese Americans' civil liberties were violated by the U.S. government's internment policy during World War II.
MLA Citation

"Investigate: behind Barbed Wire: Japanese Internment." History Hub, ABC-CLIO, 2020, historyhub.abc-clio.com/Support/InvestigateOverview/2233282?tab=1. Accessed 20 Jan. 2020.

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