Executive Order 9066 was signed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt on February 19, 1942. It authorized the War Department to “prescribe military areas…from which any or all persons may be excluded… The right of any person to enter, remain in, or leave” those areas was at the discretion of the “military authorities.” This order, which on the surface made no reference to Japanese Americans or native-born Japanese, served as the basis for the future curfew and “exclusion orders” issued by Lt. General John L. DeWitt and the mass incarceration of all West Coast Japanese Americans in concentration camps. It was rescinded by President Gerald Ford exactly 34 years later.
To learn more about Executive Order 9066’s historic importance, to download lesson plans that will help you and your students closely examine this piece of history, and to see a digital copy, you may visit the National Archives site here.
The Japanese American National Museum has created six lessons that include primary source documents found in the exhibition. These lessons may be used in conjunction with a museum visit and/or in your classrooms.
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Friday, March 31, 2017 • 4 p.m.–8 p.m.
Saturday, April 1, 2017 • 9 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
You and your colleagues are invited to participate in a JANM teacher workshop. The two-day workshop will bring scholars, experts, and first-person voices to Instructions to All Persons: Reflections on Executive Order 9066.
Together we will gain a better understanding of how the current political climate impacts educators and students, and create lesson plans to facilitate self-guided student visits.
Stipends for classroom teachers ($250 per person, limited to 25 teachers) are available. Register now and help us spread the word!
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