Photo: Many inmates from Jerome were segregated to Tule Lake because their responses to the “loyalty questionnaire” in early 1943 were seen as “disloyal.” As a result of the diminishing population, the War Relocation Authority (WRA) shut down Jerome Incarceration Camp and sent most incarcerees to Gila River and Rohwer Incarceration Camps.
Curriculum Topic: Jerome Incarceration Camp
Lesson Plan Courtesy of: Grace Morizawa, Education Coordinator, National Japanese American Historical Society (NJAHS).
Lesson Plan Synopsis: This lesson is designed to engage students in historic inquiry to look at the lives of Japanese Hawaiian families incarcerated in Jerome, Arkansas, an American Concentration Camp with over 7,000 people of Japanese ancestry who had been forcibly removed from their homes on the West Coast. The Hawaiian families were promised that they could join family members who had been arrested and interned in Department of Defense Justice Camps or Army Defense Camps. They “voluntarily” moved to reunite their families only to be placed under armed guard with the other people of Japanese descent in Jerome. Through the exploration of primary and secondary sources, students will investigate the conditions that led to this decision to move, the impact of the decision, and the legacy of the mass incarceration.
Lesson plan will be available for download in January/February 2017.