In 1942, over 100,000 individuals of Japanese origin or descent were displaced from their homes and forced into internment camps. Their detention was federally mandated. However, a federal investigation in the early 1980s concluded that Japanese Americans posed no military threat. In this lesson, students investigate a series of primary documents to address the question: Why were Japanese Americans interned during World War II?
[Lesson Plan updated on 3/25/15.]
Image: Photo of people leaving Buddhist church in Manzanar Relocation Center taken by Ansel Adams in 1943. From the Library of Congress.