Photos: Poston Incarceration Camp was built within an Indian reservation inhabited by the Akimel O’otham and Maricopa Indians. (Top) The barracks were of cheap construction, rough lumber, and tar paper and few people thought that they would be occupied for three years. (Bottom) Incarcerees had to create prison housing and any amenities such as filling straw ticks for the mattresses shown here.


Curriculum Topic: Poston Incarceration Camp

Lesson Plan Courtesy of: David Scott and Brittany Klein, Northport High School, Northport, NY.

Lesson Plan Synopsis: The lesson analyzes the United States justification for Japanese American Incarceration during the Second World War. Additionally, it looks at the lives of the incarcerated at the camp in Poston, Arizona through primary source materials. The lesson culminates in the students’ analysis of American policy towards and treatment of Japanese Americans during this time period.

Lesson plan will be available for download in January/February 2017.