Lesson 1 (from Preface)
Americans were confused by that thousands of Japanese-Americans were U.S. citizens born in the U.S., but were of Japanese ancestry. The climate is fearful and anxious. The objective is to understand the feelings Americans had toward Japanese-Americans after the bombing of Pearl Harbor.
1) Break into small groups and discuss why President Roosevelt made the order to send all Japanese to relocation camps and whether that would be allowed to happen in today's society if another country bombed Pearl Harbor now? Why or why not?
2) Class Discussion: Would Japanese-Americans have been forced to go into relocation camps if Pearl Harbor had NOT been bombed? What are some alternatives that could have helped calm the fears, but not force Japanese-Americans into camps? How did the camps affect various generations of Japanese-Americans? What would have changed if Japan had won the war?
3) Have the class break...
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