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January 2005

A More Perfect Union: Japanese Americans and the U.S. Constitution
A Smithsonian site on Japanese Americans.
Grade Level: 3-5, 6-8, 9-12

This site uses music, images, text and first person accounts to tell the story of Japanese Americans who were held in detention camps during World War II.
This well designed site uses Flash technology to provide a rich media version of the experiences. A printable version is also available. There is a bottom navigation bar with links to the main areas of the site. Navigation through the pages is simple and users can switch between the media version and the print version at any time by clicking on the page icon at the bottom of the page.

This site explores the experiences of the more than 120,000 Japanese Americans that suffered the injustice caused by racial prejudice and fear of being forced from their homes and placed in internment camps during World War II. The Story Experience is an interactive gallery of images, music, text and first person accounts that take users through the story from beginning to end, including topics such as immigration, removal, internment, loyalty, service and service. Visitors are also encouraged to share their own memories, reflections and responses to the issues explored on the site. The more than 800 artifacts from the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History’s “More Perfect Union” collection can be searched by keyword or theme. In the Resource section teachers will find books, Web links, and classroom activities for grades 2-6 and 7-9, the original text used in the travelling exhibition and an historical overview.


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