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1: UPROOTED

1: UPROOTED

This program introduces the “We The People” series beginning with stories of the immigration of Japanese people to the U.S., their integration into American society, and the ramifications of the attack on Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941. Weeks later President Franklin Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066 ordering all Japanese-American citizens […]

2: THE INTERNMENT OF JAPANESE AMERICANS

2: THE INTERNMENT OF JAPANESE AMERICANS

This program looks at what the process of the internment entailed for Japanese American families, living in the “Exclusion Area” of the West Coast of the United States. The United States Government sent these families east from the Assembly Centers in Washington, Oregon, California and Arizona to ten permanent Internment […]

3: GO FOR BROKE!

3: GO FOR BROKE!

The gradual involvement of Japanese-American men and women in the US armed forces after Pearl Harbor is presented in this program. For some, their initial training in the Military Intelligence Unit (a secret language school) provided mostly unseen translators, interrogators, and code breakers for the war. When the war efforts […]

4: THE RETURN HOME

4: THE RETURN HOME

The bittersweet return, at the end of 1945, of the Japanese American families back to what had previously been called “the exclusion area.” Their three main fears upon re-entry were: treatment of them as a foreign enemy, anxiety about their economic future, and that fire or police departments would be […]

5: PEOPLE WHO HELPED

5: PEOPLE WHO HELPED

Viewers are introduced to Americans of all ages, races, ethnic backgrounds, and religious affiliations who responded to the needs of their Japanese-American neighbors who were treated so unjustly and illegally by the US government. Humanitarian outreach from both large organizations and individuals included: living and teaching in internment camps, loaning […]

6: RACISM & REDRESS

6: RACISM & REDRESS

This program raises the enduring problem of racial exclusion in our country. The call for redress and monetary reparation to former Japanese internees was a way to force dealing with the issue publicly.  The process was launched by leaders of the Japanese American Citizens League and, over time and with […]

7: COULD THIS HAPPEN AGAIN?*

7: COULD THIS HAPPEN AGAIN?*

The framers challenge, when they created our country’s constitution, was for the citizens of our country to continue the work of the constitution by constantly moving toward a more just and perfect union. Based on their ideals, the final program in the series focuses on three main areas. The first […]

Bibliography

Bibliography

BIBLIOGRAPHY FOR “WE THE PEOPLE” VIDEO SERIES In addition to the following bibliography there are numerous excellent videos on the Internment, not only regarding subjects and persons identified in the video series, but other important areas as well i,e. the Fred Korematsu case, the involuntary importation of Peruvian Japanese, propaganda […]