A Day of Remembrance : Executive Order 9066

Today is a day to remember for many reasons.

Feb 19, 1942 was the day Executive Order 9066 was issued ~ changing the lives of many Coloradans and Americans nationwide and setting the stage for the establishment of Japanese American Internment Camps. Although views differ on the issue, it is critical to discuss. Primary sources and resources from many education and preservation  entities can assist in your delivery of instruction around the topic.  An annotated list of resources is here as a beginning list of sources, not as an inclusive list. Check out the following for primary sources and resources as you work with your students:

History Colorado offers an Amache online interactive badge and exhibit for students and educators including a view of the events leading up to the order, after the order, and internment at Amache in Colorado. Check out the resources here: http://exhibits.historycolorado.org/amache/amache_home.html

As you discuss WWII and the affects on Colorado and national history, check out these resources from the Colorado Virtual Library to bring a view of this event to your students through a Colorado lens: http://coloradovirtuallibrary.org/blog/executive-order-9066

The Department of Anthropology at University of Denver supports research programming around Amache and the research is ongoing. Their portfolio page has great resources for anthropology and archaeology discussions: https://portfolio.du.edu/amache

Collaborative groups in Colorado work to preserve and protect the historical resources at Amache and the stories associated with this time in history. For more information on this critical work visit: http://www.amache.org/project-team/

The Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources Program and our nation's library offer great resources on teaching about this time in history:

Internment Lesson
Internment During WWII Primary Source Set

The National Park Service preserves and protects our resources in Colorado and the western states regarding Japanese Internment. Their work is outstanding! Find resources about their projects here: http://www.nps.gov/jacs/

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