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Japanese-American Internment Camps of the Second World War Mini-lesson

Updated on May 29, 2012

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Note to Teachers

The objective of this article is to teach how minorities were affected during the World War 2 as per the Common Core Curriculum Standards for Social Studies, American History II, Standard 7, Objective 2A. The attached video presentation is custom designed to fit this activity.

Manzanar, California internment camp during a dust storm.
Manzanar, California internment camp during a dust storm. | Source


Please watch the following video and keep these questions in mind.

1) What event triggered the USA joining WW2 & the Internment Camps?

2) What minority group was affected by this even?

3) Why were the Internment Camps created?

4) What did the president of the time sign to make this happen?

5) Who was the president when this happened?

6) Did all people in this minority group have to go to the camps?

7) When was the Civil Rights Act that started to resolve the injustice of this action get signed?

8) Who was the president who signed the Civil Rights Act?

During the presentation, please take notes and reflect on how you would feel if you were one of those people sent to the internment camps. There is a quick knowledge check after the video. Your own notes are allowed, but please do not share notes.

Japanese American Internment Camps

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Thank you for taking the time to learn about this even in history. Teachers and parents, please feel free to use this activity in whole or in part to teach your students about this history.


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      WesternHistory 5 years ago from California

      An excellent hub. While this episode in American history proved highly unnecessary ( no Japanese American was ever convicted for espionage) and certainly was unfair to many Japanese Americans, when you consider actions taken by the government and the public at large, you have to consider the general atmosphere at the time. Nothing happens in a complete vacuum and the steps taken in the early 1940's had the backdrop of a world war.