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Letter from a Young Boy Following the PanayIncident

The featured 1937 letter from a Japanese primary school student apologizing for the sinking of the USS Panay by Japanese aircraft provides an entry into the study of U.S.-Japanese relations before World War II.
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Fear, Panic, and Injustice: Executive Order 9066 A Lesson for Grades 4-6

In this lesson, students use primary sources to understand how a climate of fear influenced the president to sign the order that forced the incarceration of Japanese Americans.
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Dear Miss Breed: Using Primary Documents to Advance Student Understanding of Japanese Internment Camps

The authors highlight the Carter G. Woodson award winner Dear Miss Breedwhich recounts the stories of 19 children of Japanese descent interned in U.S. camps during World War IIas an excellent resource for studying the Japanese American wartime experience.
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Mexican Americans in the Era of World War II: Studying the Sleepy Lagoon Case and Zoot Suit Riots

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Mud, Blood, and Bullet Holes: Teaching History with War Letters

--Andrew Carroll
From handwritten letters of the American Revolution to typed emails from Iraq and Afghanistan, correspondence from U.S. troops offers students deep insight into the specific conflicts and experiences of soldiers.
* http://www.socialstudies.org/sites/default/files/publications/se/7705/77...

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Broadening Student Understanding of Wartime Experience through Original Works of Art and Personal Accounts (Sources and Strategies)

--Lee Ann Potter
The featured sketches from a Navy veteran can serve as an entry point into a lesson on World War II and D-Day.
* http://www.socialstudies.org/sites/default/files/publications/se/7705/77...

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Uncovering Immigrants’ Stories: It All Begins With Picture Books

--Andrea S. Libresco, Jeannette Balantic, and Jonie C. Kipling
To deepen students' thinking about immigration, the authors designed a gallery walk activity and an oral history interview that build upon the reading of children's literature.

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Teaching Difficult Topics with Primary Sources

--Lee Ann Potter
The featured documents illustrate the value of primary sources as points of entry into challenging subjects.
* http://www.socialstudies.org/sites/default/files/publications//se/7506/7...

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