Japanese American Experience: Constitutional Issues and Connections to Today
Author: RaDon G. Andersen, Northridge High School, Davis School
Suggested Grade Level(s): 12
Suggested Subject Area(s): U.S. Government and Citizenship
Number of Class Periods Required: 4 class periods (90 minutes per period)
Enduring Understanding: Diversity in the United States helps democracy to function.
- Who is the “We” in “We, the People”?
- Is it more important to have safety or liberty?
- What is the process of social justice?
This unit considers the constitutional issues surrounding the World War II incarceration of Japanese Americans and the redress and reparations granted by the United States government four decades later. Examining the Fourteenth Amendment, Executive Order 9066, Supreme Court cases, and presidential documents encourages students to compare the World War II experiences of Japanese Americans with those of Arab Americans following September 11, 2001.
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)