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Japanese internment

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Immigration US History II World War II Civil RIghts

Story Length: 7:45
Social Studies High School

Japanese Internment: Injustice or Wartime Necessity

After Japan attacked Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, Americans of Japanese descent were taken away to internment camps. The terrible conditions they lived in during internment were only surpassed by the shock and humiliation the people suffered as they saw themselves changed overnight from loyal Americans, often American citizens, to “enemy aliens.” In this public radio story you will hear first person accounts from people who lived in the internment camps when they were children.

How did the experience of internment impact the Japanese Americans who went through it? How did the U.S. wartime propaganda portray Japanese internment?

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