- A More Perfect Union: Japanese Americans
and the U.S. Constitution
This exhibition examines the constitutional process by exploring the
experiences of Americans of Japanese ancestry during World War II.
- Densho Educational Website
Densho is a nonprofit organization started in 1996, with the
initial goal of documenting oral histories from Japanese Americans who
were incarcerated during World War II. The sectiion Causes of the
Incarceration examines the four main factors that led to the decision
to incarcerate Japanese Americans. The section Civil Rights and
Japanese American Internment provides a historical overview of
the Japanese American experience along with a section "For Teachers"
of classroom lessons and activities containing five multimedia readings
and six lessons with 17 classroom activities. In yet another section,
there are instructions on how to register for the Densho Digital
Archive to gain access to additional materials online.
- Exploring the Japanese Internment
Text excerpted from "Historical Overview," Teachers Guide
- The Bill of Rights and the Japanese American World War II Experience,
published by the National Japanese American Historical Society and the
San Francisco Unified School District plus many illustrative video clips
- The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley
View many War Relocation Authority photographs from all ten camps and
many detention centers, via the California Heritage Digital Image Access
Project. (see also Japanese American Relocation Digital Archives
- Ansel Adams's Photographs of Japanese-American
Internment at Manzanar
- Images of Japanese-American Internment
Masumi Hayashi teaches photography at Cleveland State in the Art Department.
Hayashi's panoramic photo collages show the remnants of sites of Japanese
American Internment camps during World War II.
- San Francisco Evacuation, Tanforan Assembly Center and Manzanar
Relocation Center Photographs
PowerPoint Presentations showing the evacuation of Japanese from
San Francisco, the Tanforan Assembly Center and the Manzanar Relocation
Center are available for download from the SF Museum website. (Part
of a large exhibition Internment
of San Francisco Japanese - 1942)
- Documents and Photographs Related to
Japanese Relocation During World War II
Online lesson from Digital Classroom, US National Archives.
- Executive Order 9066: The Internment of 110,000 Japanese Americans
- Dear Miss Breed: Letters from Camp
- Civil Liberties Public Education Fund Network
Background on the incarceration of Japanese Americans during World
- Internment of Japanese Americans - Santa Clara
- Japanese-Americans Internment Camps During World War II
Visit this site to view photographs, documents and artifacts from both
the Tule Lake Camp and the Topaz camp.
- Confinement & Ethnicity: An Overview of World War II Japanese
American Relocation Sites
The National Park Service's features photos, maps and drawings of the
War Relocation Authority's relocation centers.
PBS has broadcast a number of programs about the Japanese American
internment experience. The following is a listing of the companion websites
to these documentaries:
- Children of the Camps
captures the experiences of six Americans of Japanese ancestry who were
confined as children to internment camps.
- Conscience and the Constitution
This site tells the story of a handful of young Americans who refused
to be drafted from an American internment camp. They were ready to fight
for their country, but not before the government restored their rights
as United States citizens.
- Rabbit in the Moon
This is the companion website a documentary which delves into the history
of political tensions, social and generational divisions and resistance
in the Japanese American internment camps.
To order classroom resources for teaching Japanese-American internment.
- National Japanese American Historical Society Publications
- Japanese American Internment Curriculum
Course materials developed with a grant from the California Civil Liberties
Public Education Program.