Under Executive Order #9066 (Feb. 1942), 110,000-120,000 persons of Japanese descent were forcibly removed from their homes on the Pacific coast (mainly California) and resettled in interment camps in the nation's interior.
62% were U.S. citizens.
- Use your historical imagination and watch the following video.
- Imagine yourself in Texas, 1942. Pearl Harbor was just attacked (reimagine 9/11) by the Japanese. You sit down at a movie theatre to watch Casablanca but first, you'd see this message from the U.S. War Department.
- Answer the following questions:
- How did fear play a part in the removal and internment of Japanese Americans?
- Who did the War Department consider as possible threats to the country?
- Native born of Japanese descent
- Where did the military claim most Japanese Americans lived during this time?
- What were the three stages of removal?
- What was the process?
- Describe the internment facilities. What was it like?
- How would you describe life in these internment facilities?
Thinking about things covered in Composition:
- Who was the author of this video?
- Who was the audience?
- What was the purpose?
- In what way did the author explain the internment of the "American children of Japanese descent?"
- In what way did music aid in this explanation and with what purpose?