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Guide: The Japanese Internment

Teach your students about this important part of World War II: the U.S. internment of Japanese American citizens. This collection of video lessons, primary and secondary sources, and inquiry activities will help your students understand the reality of this dark time in U.S. history.

  • Following the Pearl Harbor attack, what actions did the federal government take regarding Japanese Americans? Evaluate the actions of the federal government regarding Japanese Americans, do you feel their responses were justified?
  • What was the goal of internment? Describe the conditions Japanese Americans encountered while in internment, were the conditions justified?
  • How did internment affect the lives of Japanese Americans in the post World War II years?


  1. Overview: The Japanese Internment
  2. Visuals: The Japanese Internment (Visual)
  3. Outlines: Outline
  4. Transcripts: Transcript
  5. Lesson: Introduction
  6. Lesson: 1-Fear and Japanese Americans
  7. Lesson: 2-Life in Camp
  8. Lesson: 3-Local Response and the End to Internment
  9. Lesson: Closing
  10. Investigate Activities: Farewell to Manzanar
  11. Photos & Illustrations: Japanese American internment: Japanese Americans board buses for relocation
  12. Photos & Illustrations: World War II: Japanese relocation
  13. Photos & Illustrations: World War II: Japanese relocation center
  14. Reference Articles: Commission on the Wartime Relocation and Internment of Civilians
  15. Reference Articles: Japanese Americans in World War II
  16. Political, Government & Court Documents: Ex parte Endo (1944)
  17. Political, Government & Court Documents: Hirabayashi v. United States (1943)
  18. Political, Government & Court Documents: Korematsu v. United States (1944)
  19. Political, Government & Court Documents: Roosevelt, Franklin D.: Executive Order 9066 (1942)

MLA Citation

"Guide: The Japanese Internment." History Hub, ABC-CLIO, 2020, historyhub.abc-clio.com/Support/Display/2153071?cid=256. Accessed 18 Feb. 2020.

Entry ID: 2153071

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