If you were president, how would you apologize to Japanese Americans who suffered from overt discrimination and public embarrassment during WWII? Following the attack on Pearl Harbor, Japanese Americans were wrongly accused of being spies for the enemy and were subsequently discriminated against in numerous manners. Despite the extreme prejudice they encountered, Americans of Japanese descent demonstrated courage, patience, and persistence during wartime, proving their unwavering loyalty to the United States. Not until the late 1980s and 1990s would an American president apologize for the wrongs committed.
In this lesson students will:
1) Respond to a Bell Ringer that has students watch an original wartime government sponsored commercial about internment and record their reaction to it.
2) Analyze various historical photos for the blatant forms of discrimination against Japanese Americans during wartime.
3) Evaluate the credibility of historical sources related to wartime discrimination against Japanese Americans and summarize how Japanese Americans overcame discrimination in each source.
4) Craft a presidential apology that takes into account the graceful and courageous ways Japanese Americans overcame wartime prejudice.
Bonus materials included!