Governor Ralph L. Carr
Governor Ralph L. Carr: One Voice Against the Tyranny of the Majority
Author: Judy Kurtz
Suggested Grade Level(s): Secondary
Suggested Subject Area(s): U.S. History; Integrated U.S. History and Language Arts courses, Government and Civics; Advanced Placement U.S. History or Government; Advanced Placement English Language and Composition
Number of Class Periods Required: 6 to 11 class periods (50 minutes per period)
Overarching Understanding: Building and preserving American democracy demands attention to the threats to individuals and minority groups created by the so-called tyranny of the majority.
- How do societies striving for equality come to terms with the tension between the good of the one and the good of the many?
- How is the balance between the one and the many influenced by visual language?
This unit is intended to provide a deeper examination of the philosophies underpinning American democracy; help her/him explore the dangers inherent in the form; and encourage the development of a personal philosophy as a citizen in a democracy regarding responsibility toward minority populations whether identified by ideology, age, gender, or race. Depending on the curriculum of the implementing school, this unit might stand alone in an American History syllabus or be embedded in any humanities course.
- Unit Map (274 KB)
- Lesson 1: The Incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II (251 KB)
- Lesson 2: Governor Ralph L. Carr: A Voice for the Minority (4.5 MB)
- Lesson 3: The Tyranny of the Majority (1.0 MB)
- Lesson 4: Document-Based Question (1.0 MB)
Resources and References
- Terminology and the Japanese American Experience (48 KB)
- Map of Japanese American Confinement Sites in the United States During World War II (1 MB)
- Media related to the Project’s Curricular Units
- “Japanese Americans in the Interior West: A Regional Perspective on the Enduring Nikkei Historical Experience in Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Texas, Utah (and Beyond)” Essay and Timeline (968 KB)
- “Japanese Americans in Arizona: An Overview” Essay and Timeline (108 KB)
- “Japanese Americans in Colorado: An Overview” Essay and Timeline (80 KB)
- “Japanese Americans in New Mexico: An Overview” Essay and Timeline (84 KB)
- “Japanese Americans in Texas: An Overview” Essay and Timeline (84 KB)
- “Japanese Americans in Utah: An Overview” Essay and Timeline (88 KB)
- Selected Bibliography (124 KB)
- Acknowledgements (84 KB)