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World War II Incarceration of Japanese Americans, and Italian and German Aliens

K-12 Curricula funded by the California Civil Liberties Public Education Program (CCLPEP)

CCLPEP funds public educational activities and materials to ensure that the events surrounding the exclusion, forced removal, and internment of Japanese Americans will be remembered to ensure that the causes and circumstance of this and similar events may be understood.

This list contains over one hundred lessons for teachers on the Japanese American experience before, during, and after World War II. The lessons are accessible through the Internet and are organized primarily by grade level, from first through twelfth grade. To encourage teachers’ use of t]hese lessons the California History-Social Science standards supported by each lesson have been identified.

Resources for Teaching About the Japanese American Experience compiled by the CCLPEP

CCLPEP funds public educational activities and materials to ensure that the events surrounding the exclusion, forced removal, and internment of Japanese Americans will be remembered to ensure that the causes and circumstance of this and similar events may be understood.

This list contains over fifty resources that could provide teachers with background and information on the Japanese American experience before, during, and after World War II. The scope of the resources ranges from online bibliography to primary source documents; archival film footage and newsreels; art (i.e., paintings and drawings); oral history transcripts and audio files; documentary films (e.g., Ken Burns’ film about Manzanar); and many collections of photography.

Densho: The Japanese American Legacy Project

Densho offers hundreds visual histories (700 hours of recorded video interviews) and over 10,000 historic photos, documents, and newspapers documenting the Japanese American experience from immigration in the early 1900s through redress in the 1980s with a strong focus on the World War II mass incarceration.

Densho provides multidisciplinary lessons that introduce students to questions of civil liberties in relation to the life experiences of Japanese Americans.

Manzanar National Historic Site

This page from the Manzanar Historic Site includes links to curriculum materials for primary and secondary school teachers

Enemy Alien Files

The Enemy Alien Files website offers educational resources focus on a hidden chapter of American and world history: the United States' World War II Enemy Alien Program, which affected nearly one million immigrants from the Italian, German and Japanese communities in the US and from Latin America.

Access to Equal Educational Opportunities

LearnCalifornia.org

The Right to Education for California's Minorities and Immigrants lesson examines the changing legal rights of minorities and immigrants and the development of law relating to access to schooling.

Surveillance and Privacy

Tracked in America

Tracked in America, a documentary website on the history of surveillance in the United States, includes lesson plans for grades 9-12.

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