I AM an American! Japanese Incarceration in WWII

by  The National WWII Museum

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Students explore the story of Eva Hashiguchi, who spent her high-school days as an internee in Jerome, Arkansas. Through her account, witness how wartime hysteria and racial prejudice led to one of the darkest chapters of American history. Examine the country’s actions to apologize for the injustices committed against Japanese Americans. Hear about the struggles and tremendous accomplishments of the Purple Heart Battalion.

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By Request: $100.00
By Request Premium: $80.00

The Museum accepts check, major credit cards, and school P.O.s


60 minutes (can be longer or shorter based on period length)

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, Adult LearnersPublic Library: Library Patrons

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Maximum participants:

There is no maximum, but for optimum interactivity, we suggest no more than 30 students.

Primary Disciplines

Problem Solving, Social Studies/History

Program Delivery Mode

Videoconference - H.323 (Polycom, Cisco/Tandberg, LifeSize, etc...)

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We will not charge for programs cancelled due to nature i.e. snow days. The full fee will be charged to sites which cancel with less than 24 hours notice.

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The National WWII Museum

New Orleans, LA
United States

The National WWII Museum, designated by Congress as "America's World War II Museum," explores the American experience of the war years, focusing on the teamwork, optimism, courage, and sacrifice of the men and women who won the war. It promotes the exploration and expression of these values by future generations. Programs involve exploration of the history and lessons of the war, via analyses of primary sources.

Maddie Roach

Program Details


1. Introduction to Eva Hashiguchi's story and the Incarceration of Japanese and Japanese Americans during WWII
2. Examine the roots of racial prejudice against Japanese immigrants to the United States.
3. View the provisions of Executive Order 9066
4. Analyze anti-Japanese propaganda and editorial cartoons
5. View what daily life was like in the camps
6. Meet the 442nd Regimental Combat Team
7. Discuss the country's apology and reparations against the injustices committed against Japanese Americans


• Explore WWII artifacts, gaining insight on racial prejudice, wartime hysteria, and life in the incarceration camps through object-based inquiry.
• Analyze primary sources including archival video, editorial cartoons, photographs, etc. related to Japanese incarceration and Japanese Americans in the military.
• View an in-depth personal account of a Japanese American and her life before, during and after Incarceration.
• Understand the incarceration of Japanese Americans was a violation of civil rights and the U.S. Constitution based on wartime hysteria, enduring racism, political pressures and failure of leadership.

Standards Alignment

National Standards