This page includes all the curriculum and instructions from our online course for teachers, “Teaching WWII Japanese American Incarceration with Primary Sources.” For more information about the course, please visit the course homepage.
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Lesson One: Introducing the Story
Lesson Two: Government Explains
Lesson Three: Responses to Camps
Video excerpts from oral histories
Akiko Kurose: Hearing about the Bombing of Pearl Harbor
Gordon Hirabayashi: Deciding to Resist the Curfew
Kara Kondo: The Day of Mass Removal
Masao Watanabe: Feelings about Being Placed in an “Assembly Center”
Tosh Yasutake: A Difficult Decision to Join the Military
Frank Yamasaki: Making the Decision to Resist the Draft
Lesson Four: Examining Claims
Lesson Five: Different Perspectives
Tug for Truth activity instructions
Lesson Six: Righting a Wrong
Timeline marks critical dates related to the Japanese American Incarceration.
Densho’s Note on Terminology (PDF)
The Densho Encyclopedia is an online resource with hundreds of articles about the history of the wartime exclusion and incarceration of Japanese Americans.
Densho’s Primary Source Archives
- ddr.densho.org is Densho’s new digital repository of historic photographs, documents, newspapers, letters and other primary source materials that tell the story of the Japanese American community, from immigration to the WWII incarceration and its aftermath.
- archive.densho.org includes over 800 video-recorded oral history interviews that are transcribed and indexed for research and educational purposes.
Densho’s List of Related Resources is a useful listing of web resources, printed materials, videos, and educational curriculum about the WWII Japanese American incarceration.
Densho’s YouTube Channels
- Densho Channel includes 150 video clips, organized by topic, of Japanese Americans talking about their experiences related to the WWII exclusion and incarceration.
- Densho Education Channel includes the historical overview videos, classroom videos, and government film used in this online course.