Chapter 30

Chapter 30: The Second World War

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Internment of Japanese Americans


How did World War II affect the lives of Japanese Americans?

After the attack on Pearl Harbor, longstanding racial prejudice and fear of potential sabotage prompted Americans to demand that Japanese Americans and Japanese citizens in the United States be incarcerated. Bowing to pressure, President Roosevelt permitted military authorities to relocate the Japanese and Japanese Americans living on the West Coast of the United States to internment camps. Internees were not allowed to return home until December 1944.


Choose from the following titles:

  1. Executive Order 9066 Prescribes Military Areas within the U.S. (1942)
  2. Korematsu v. US (1944)
  3. Public Law 100-383 (1988) Congress Apologizes for the Relocation of Japanese-Americans in WWII.
  4. Photograph Japanese Americans Boarding Relocation Buses
  5. Evacuation to Manzanar (1942)
  6. Stanley Hayami Diary (1942-1944)
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