Executive Order

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After reading information about Executive Order #9066, class members assume the voice of an 18 year-old Japanese-American born in California and placed in an internment camp. Individuals then craft a letter to President Roosevelt explaining why they feel the government was or was not justified in using this type of presidential authority.

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Instructional Ideas

  • Project images of the internment camps and the relocation process
Classroom Considerations

  • The seventh in a series of 19 related resources that examine the United States political system
  • The activity presumes class members are familiar with the 1941 Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor that led to the United States entry into World War II 
Pros

  • The four-page packet includes the plan and background information about the order
Cons

  • None