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History Research Guide - World War II: German and Japanese in America

A guide to the resources available in the library on World War II.

Mess line, noon, Manzanar Relocation Center, California

Mess line, noon, Manzanar Relocation Center, California
Mess Line, Noon, Manzanar Relocation Center, California photographed by Ansel Adams, 1943. Courtesy of the Library of Congress.

Non-Fiction Books in the Library

Possible Topics

Here are some topic questions to help you get started on your paper.

Why did the American government force the Japanese, Germans, and Italians into camps? What did the government have to fear from these people? How did the Japanese, Germans, and Italians handle being relocated? How is what the American government did any different from what the Nazis did to the Jews? What are the legal implications of forcibly relocating American citizens. Did this have any impact upon America's relations with Japan, Italy, and Germany after the war?

What was it like for the Japanese, Germans, and Italians? What attitude did American citizens have towards them? How were they treated? What did they do in the camps? What experience did children have? What experience did adults have? When did the U.S. let these citizens go? What did they do once they were freed?

Online Resources

Juvenile Non-Fiction Books