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Featured Resources: Attack on Pearl Harbor and US Reaction

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Published on Sun, 12/02/2018

ATTENTION: Nearest Air Raid Shelter poster next to "To All Persons of Japanese Ancestry" notice taped to brick pillar, black and white photo 1942
Civilian exclusion order #5, posted at First and Front streets, directing removal by April 7 of persons of Japanese ancestry, from the first San Francisco section to be affected by evacuation

Emerging America has two teacher-assembled sets of primary sources that offer rich detail and related classroom activities to engage student inquiry about Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor in Hawaii on December 7 and the events that followed. Library of Congress video interviews with eyewitnesses, photographs (including photos by Ansel Adams), maps, blueprints, and other documents provide many means to help students find connections to events. Japan’s Attack on Pearl Harbor is introduced by a detailed timeline of the events of the attack, an activity in which students take the role of reporters, and a Documents Based Question (DBQ). The sources include video interviews with veteran and nurse eyewitnesses with thumbnails summaries, the news broadcast type script, maps, blueprints, photos, and other documentation. Japanese Internment: U.S. Reacts to Attack on Pearl Harbor focuses on the experiences and reactions of Americans after the attack. The primary sources include images of Japanese-Americans being moved, the signing of Executive Order No. 9066, and “evacuation sales” held by evacuees, interviews recorded with citizens days after Pearl Harbor that include their perceptions of Japan and of Japanese citizens, and Ansel Adams’ book Free and Equal, which the Library of Congress has made available online as part of a feature on Ansel Adams work documenting the Japanese internment camp at Manzanar, California.  

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Alison Noyes

Manager, Emerging America
Alison Noyes is the manager of the Emerging America program at the Collaborative for Educational Services, where she leads the English Learner Collaborations project funded by a Library of Congress grant to the Massachusetts Council for the Social Studies.