Judgment, Relativism, and Morality

Write an Official Memo to (then) President Franklin D. Roosevelt taking a position, and objectively defending your position, on the interment of Americans of Japanese descent in confinement campus during World War 2. Include one paragraph which examines parallels between the treatment of Americans of Japanese descent in 1940’s to modern Americans who practice the Islamic faith.


Place yourself in the role of deciding whether to place Americans of Japanese descent into internment camps (1940’s). Recognize how complexity, the war (Pearl Harbor), and fear lead to these events. Review the actual documents and arguments of the United States government in favor of Incarceration.

  1. Explore this website: A More Perfect Union.
  2. Executive Order 9066 dated February 19, 1942, in which President Franklin D. Roosevelt Authorizes the Secretary of War to Prescribe

Military Areas

  1. Confirmed: The U.S. Census Bureau Gave Up Names of Japanese-Americans in WW II
  2. The Supreme Court finding in favor of the camps (Korematsu v. United States)

The Format: Write an Official Memo. Be certain to include a thesis statement and bibliography.






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