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General Resources

  • 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 (JARDA) http://jarda.cdlib.org/)

  • Ansel Adams's Photographs of Japanese-American Internment at Manzanar

  • Images of Japanese-American Internment Camps
    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 War II

  • 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.


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