"Artzy" Art during World War II
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Imagine that one day you received notice that you and
your whole family must be ready to move within 48 hours. You could take
only the possessions you could carry and no one would tell you when you would be
permitted to return home. Sound like a bad dream? This happened to
over 100,000 United States citizens and legal residents during World War II.
Your job is to find out why.
You are a reporter whose assignment is to write a feature
article that attempts to examine the internment of Japanese-Americans during
World War II. Your job is to research the causes and effects, review
primary resources and "pitch" your article to your editor.
Choose your sources very carefully because your editor will challenge any
Below is a list of suggested links. It is not
necessary to go to each link in order to get the information you need, or you
may choose to go to outside resources. Remember, not all web sites are
created equal! Check the author or source of the information you see to
determine its reliability and authority. Personal web pages should show
As a reporter you are asked to gather facts and report them
in an unbiased manner. You search for the basic answers to WHO, WHAT, WHERE,
WHEN, and WHY. Because this is a feature article rather than a news article
you will delve into this topic more deeply. As you present your material deal
with opinions about and repurcussions from this episode in American history.
Your job is to provide not only context but some historical perspective.
Write a journal entry summarizing your feelings on the
internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II. Before writing your
journal entry think of the larger issues brought up by this chapter in our
national history. When, if at all, does our government have the right to suspend
personal liberty? What other groups in U.S. history have been targeted in such a
way? Could this happen again? How does a government go about apologizing for
past wrongs? What determines citizenship?
page was adapted from Bernie Dodge's WebQuest_Template1.html
by Tom March