The StoryCorps trailer in Seattle. Source: KUOW.
StoryCorps stations activities
Reflections on oral history
WWII homefront overview
Japanese internment: timeline
Examine the timeline (PDF) and review the major events.
Japanese internment: U.S. government position
Watch the following film on the newsreel footage produced by the U.S. Office of War Information sometime in the middle of 1942. The goal of the film is to explain the reasons and strategies for interning Japanese Americans.
Japanese internment: Korematsu v. United States
Read selections of the majority opinion in the Korematsu v. United States ruling on pages 121-23 of the Course Reader.
Finally, read selections from Justice Black’s dissent on page 125-26 of the Course Reader.
Debating U.S. entry into World War II
Examine this selection of primary source documents (Google Doc) that highlight different dimensions of the debate on entry into World War II from the late 1930s through December 1941. In teams of 3-4, identify:
The Four Freedoms
Questions for guided discussion: