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Japanese-Americans: Perspectives on Trans-Pacific Relations, WWII Internment, Meaning of Loyalty, Motherhood & Childhood, and Labor at Seabrook.: RISH

Background information on Japanese American Internment for the students in the Knowledge & Power, mission course of Douglass Residential College, Fall '16. (Originally created for the Rutgers High School Institute Seminar. Spring '14)

The Pacific Basin





Seminar Description

This seminar will examine the experiences of Japanese-Americans within a national and transnational context, including attention to U.S. Pacific expansion, issues of migration, legal measures used by the U.S. to isolate those of Japanese ancestry during World War II, and the responses of those who were confined, including the nuances of the meaning of loyalty. Teachers will examine the internment of Japanese-Americans and their quest for citizenship through labor. We will also focus on the topics of motherhood and childhood at the agricultural and food processing community of Seabrook, New Jersey, where more than 2,500 people of Japanese descent relocated during and after the internment.  We will use materials (collected by the community itself) that have been digitized and made available for classroom use by the Rutgers Libraries, the New Jersey Highway, and the Rutgers Institute for High School Teachers. 

New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards: Social Studies

Directly related Core Standards:

6.1 U.S. History: America in the World

Era: The Great Depression and World War II (1929-1945)

Grade Level: By the end of grade 12


"Determine if American policies regarding Japanese internment and actions against other minority groups were a denial of civil rights." 


"Evaluate the role of New Jersey (i.e., defense industries, Seabrook Farms, military installations, and Battleship New Jersey) and prominent New Jersey Citizens "i.e., Albert Einstein) in World War II." 

Head, Margery Somers Foster Center & Women's Studies Librarian

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Mabel Smith Douglass Library

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