Historical Overview - Civil Rights and Japanese American Incarceration

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These readings were developed by the Stanford Program on International and Cross-Cultural Education (SPICE) and adapted for online use by Densho. The five sections describe the factors leading to the mass incarceration and the complexities of the events that followed. Excerpts from video interviews and historical photos and documents bring the past to life.

The Issei Immigrants and Civil Rights
Immigrants and Civil Rights Learn about Japanese immigrants' experiences and struggles in America. Go...

Prelude to Incarceration
Prelude to Incarceration Understand the difficult position Japanese Americans were thrust into following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. Go...

The Incarceration Years
The Incarceration Years Assess the events leading up to the incarceration and the details of the experience from multiple perspectives. Go...

The Question of Loyalty
Question of Loyalty Consider differing ways of expressing patriotism and defending democratic principles. Go...

Legacies of Incarceration: Redress
Legacies: Redress Read about evidence of wrongdoing by the U.S. government and American citizens' efforts to right the past injustices. Go...

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