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Japanese American Internment: Examining Racial Tensions. Examining Racial Tensions. Objective: To recognize and evaluate the context of racial tensions and prejudice before internment. What is Propaganda?. Propaganda:

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examining racial tensions
Examining Racial Tensions

Objective:

To recognize and evaluate the context of racial tensions and prejudice before internment.

what is propaganda
What is Propaganda?

Propaganda:

Information, ideas, or rumors deliberately spread widely to help or harm a person, group, movement, institution, nation, etc.

what kind of propaganda are we looking at
What Kind of Propaganda are We Looking at?

Today we are going to look at

Anti-Japanese Propaganda from the time

periods before and during internment.

why look at propaganda
Why Look at Propaganda?

By looking at the racist and prejudice

Anti-Japanese propaganda within war posters, popular culture, and political cartoons we will be able to see how non-Japanese viewed the Japanese community and why it was that the Japanese were so hated and feared.

anti japanese war posters and popular culture
Anti-Japanese War Posters and Popular Culture
  • Today we will be looking at a series of Anti-Japanese War Posters and Popular Culture Items.
  • There are 4 categories which we will use to examine the prejudice within today’s war posters and political cartoons:

Japanese as Uncivilized

Japanese as Animals

Japanese as Predators

Japanese as Curiosities

anti japanese propaganda uncivilized
Anti-Japanese Propaganda: Uncivilized
  • How does this cartoon portray America?
  • How is does it portray Japan and simultaneously Japanese Americans?
  • What is the Japanese man holding?
  • Who is that in the background?
  • What does the addition of these characters mean?
anti japanese propaganda animals
Anti-Japanese Propaganda: Animals
  • What images do you see in this poster?
  • What / who do these images represent?
  • What is Japan doing?
  • What message does this poster send to Americans?
anti japanese propaganda predators
Anti-Japanese Propaganda: Predators
  • How does this poster portray the Japanese as predators?
  • What message does this poster send to Americans?
  • How might Americans react to this poster?
anti japanese propaganda curiosities
Anti-Japanese Propaganda:Curiosities

Think-Pair-Share

Turn to your neighbor and discuss the following cartoon.

You might want to talk about the following questions:

What do you see in this cartoon?

What message is it sending to Americans?

How might a cartoon like this have impacted the time period before internment?

political cartoon activity
Political Cartoon Activity

In your assigned group analyze your group’s Dr. Suess cartoon.

Make sure to answer all of the questions on the worksheet.

political cartoon 1
Political Cartoon #1

Source: Dr. Suess Goes to War

political cartoon 2
Political Cartoon #2

Source: Dr. Suess Goes to War

political cartoon 3
Political Cartoon #3

Source: Dr. Suess Goes to War

political cartoon 4
Political Cartoon #4

Source: Dr. Suess Goes to War

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