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Japanese Internment

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Social Studies Age Level Middle School (13 to 15 years old)

These are three primary source documents that can be used as a prediction activity prior to investigasting Japanese Internment.  The first document is a personal letter written just after Pearl Harbor, the second document is a 1945 rejection letter from Yale, and the third is an apology letter from President George H.W. Bush.

If an additional scaffold is needed, students can use the APPARTS strategy to help analyze the documents.  For a description of the APPARTS strategy, click here.


Rejection letter from Yale University

National Museum of American History

Redress Document

National Museum of American History