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