US History: Investigating Treatment of the "Enemy" During WWII

US History: Investigating Treatment of the "Enemy" During WWII
US History: Investigating Treatment of the "Enemy" During WWII
US History: Investigating Treatment of the "Enemy" During WWII
US History: Investigating Treatment of the "Enemy" During WWII
US History: Investigating Treatment of the "Enemy" During WWII
US History: Investigating Treatment of the "Enemy" During WWII
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This activity requires students to analyze eleven (11) documents that reveal the treatment of "the enemy" during World War II. This file includes both the documents and corresponding critical thinking questions. The lesson can be organized as a stations activity to get students moving around the classroom and to incorporate cooperative learning.

PLEASE NOTE: This activity bluntly depicts wartime racism and should be used with mature classes. The teacher should address the topic of racism prior to use to ensure proper contextual understanding.

My 11th grade US history class LOVED this activity! They couldn't believe they were reading "ACTUAL" declassified government documents! Please see a complete list of documents below.

Document 1: Memorandum from F.B.I. Director J. Edgar Hoover, 1941

Document 2: Memorandum from Chief Supervisor of Border Patrol, 1941

Document 3: Excerpt from New York Times Magazine, 1940 "We Shall Hate or We Shall Fail"

Document 4: Political Cartoon, 1942

Document 5: Political Cartoon, 1941

Document 6: Commentary on Dr. Seuss, 1996

Document 7: Popular Song by Carson Robinson, 1942

Document 8: Excerpt from "An Apology to Japanese Americans" from Time Magazine (date unknown)

Document 9: Excerpt from “Racism and the Atomic Bomb” by Major Myron L. Hampton, USMC (1990)

Document 10: Instructions for internment issues by General John L. DeWitt, 1942

Document 11: Pictures from internment camps, 1942
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