Racism and Removal
Japanese Incarceration During World War II
This case study looks at how American attitudes about belonging were influenced by the forces of fear and anger during World War II. Students will learn about the systematic removal and incarceration of more than 100,000 Japanese Americans during the war. The goal of this case study is to develop historical empathy by exposing students to a variety of primary sources and assigning tasks that require them to take on the perspective of a victim of Japanese incarceration. Prior to these two lessons, students should have foundational knowledge of World War II, particularly Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor and the war in the Pacific. Utilize the resources provided in the lessons and address the key terms and concepts listed.