I have used this activity in both Asian Studies courses as well as U.S. History courses. The purpose of this mini-project is to have students research the following executive or congressional orders, and then to choose one and take a stand on it (one way or the other) composing a historical letter to either Congress or the President (at that time in history).
Congressional/Presidential Orders to Choose from include:
*Executive Order 9066 (of 1942)
*Chinese Exclusion Act (of 1882)
*Executive Order 9835 (of 1947)
*War Bride Act of 1945 (and 1947)
*Immigration and Nationality Act of 1952 (The McCarran-Walter Act)
This assignment allows students to re-visit or research each of these acts put in place specifically regarding immigration/relocation/movement of people before, during and after times of conflict - while taking a stand and expressing their thoughts using evidence gathered during research.
Both the research questions and project outline with rubric are included in this assignment bundle.