Bennett Swygert
Literature, U.S. History
Material Type:
High School
  • Discrimination
  • Japanese American Internment
  • Pearl Harbor
  • World War II
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    Japanese Internment Camps

    Japanese Internment Camps


    After the attack at Pearl Harbor, Japanese Americans were rounded up and sent to internment camps for the duration of World War II. This dark period was largely ignored until many years later. 

    Introduction to Internment Camps

    After Pearl Harbor, Japanese-Americans were forced to relocate to internment camps. Although we focus on the aspects of the war abroad, battles were also being fought domestically. 

    Short History Video: Internment Camps

    YouTube Description: “After the attack on Pearl Harbor, the United States Government issued executive order 9066, which empowered the military to round up anyone of Japanese ancestry and place them in internment camps.”  

    The YouTube video linked below allows students to clearly see treatment of Japanese Americans during World War II.  


    American Propaganda and Political Cartoons

    The American propaganda machine made it easier to isolate the Japanese-Amercians. The Japanese were demonized. The propaganda used their physical features to not only isolate the Japanese-Americans, but the propaganda was also used to demonize the Japanese and make them less human. 

    Images: paul pod | Flickr

    Journal Assessment: American propaganda aimed at the Japanese

    The students’ journal entry should be written from the perspective of a Japanese-American. Journal entries should include their perceptions of American propaganda in WWII. Students should reflect on the goal of the propaganda. The students should consider what physical features and characteristics were highlighted in the propaganda. Where these Japanese attributes portrayed as good or bad? How so? 

    Ugly History

    YouTube Description: Dig into the historic injustice of Japanese American incarceration camps, also known as internment camps, during World War II.


    Watch the YouTube link below to better understand the mistreatment of Japanese-Americans during World War II.

    Life in Internment Camps

    Links to videos and primary sources about life at internment camps. Includes first hand accounts. 


    Also has teaching guide.

    Compare Pearl Harbor and September 11

    Use Primary Documents to compare 9/11 and the attacks at Pearl Harbor. How do these two key events in American history compare?