by National Archives
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'Day of Infamy' Speech
- President Franklin D. Roosevelt
On December 7, 1941 Japan bombed Pearl Harbor, a United States naval base in Hawaii, effectively drawing America into World War II. President Franklin D. Roosevelt, the 32nd President of the United States, delivered this speech to a Joint Session of Congress on December 8, 1941, the day after the attack.Pair “’Day of Infamy’ Speech” with “Japanese Relocation during World War II” to provide students with historical context. How did the severity of Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor influence the United States’ decision to relocate Japanese Americans?
Confirming the Termination of Japanese Internment
- President Gerald R. Ford
Gerald Ford's presidency began in 1974 – nearly 30 years after the end of WWII. In this speech, Ford discusses Japanese Internment, or the relocation and incarceration of Japanese Americans, during WWII. As Ford states in the speech, “We now know what we should have known then--not only was that evacuation wrong, but Japanese-Americans were and are loyal Americans.”Pair “Confirming the Termination of Japanese Internment” with “Japanese Relocation during World War II” to allow students to further explore the aftermath of the internment of Japanese Americans. In addition to the termination of Japanese internment and a formal apology, former Japanese internees received money for the injustice – why was merely an apology not enough? Ask students whether they think the government should have provided additional compensation.
The Salem (and Other) Witch Hunts
- Mike Kubic
In “The Salem (and Other) Witch Hunts,” Mike Kubic explores the Salem witch trials, and the various other prejudiced hunts that have occurred throughout history.Pair “Japanese Relocation during World War II” with “The Salem (and Other) Witch Hunts” to allow students to further explore the history of Japanese internment in America. Ask students to consider what drove the fear that resulted in the relocation and internment of Japanese Americans. How do times of war change our value systems and alter what we believe is right and wrong?
The Attack on Pearl Harbor
- National Park Service
“The Attack on Pearl Harbor” discusses the events leading up to the attack on Pearl Harbor, as well as the extent of the damage inflicted on the naval base.Pair “Japanese Relocation during World War II” with “The Attack on Pearl Harbor” to provide students with additional information on how the attack on Pearl Harbor further effected citizens of the United States. Ask students to discuss the suspension of citizens’ rights for the purpose of national security. Do times of war make this acceptable?
Why I Love a Country That Once Betrayed Me
- George Takei
In George Takei’s speech “Why I Love a Country That Once Betrayed Me,” Takei discusses his experiences being interned as a child and the reasons for which he still believes in the ideals of America.Pair “Japanese Relocation during World War II” with “Why I Love a Country That Once Betrayed Me” to provide students with additional information on the internment of Japanese Americans during WWII. After learning more about Japanese internment, ask students whether or not they are surprised that Takei still loves the United States. How do you think Japanese Americans overcame this adversity? Do you think America has adequately atoned for this injustice?