Korematsu V. the United States (1944)

Topics: United States, Hawaii, Political philosophy Pages: 3 (260 words) Published: February 5, 2014
|Name: Mara Hughes |Date: 2/5/14 |

Graded Assignment

Korematsu v. the United States (1944)

Use the background information and the primary sources in the Graded Assignment: Primary Sources sheet to answer the following questions.

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1. What prompted the sudden outpouring of racial prejudice against Japanese Americans after the attack on Pearl Harbor?

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2. What did Fred T. Korematsu do that resulted in his arrest and conviction?

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3. According to the first paragraph from the excerpts of the majority opinion, what did the U.S. government believe some Japanese Americans would do if they were allowed to remain free on the West Coast?

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4. The majority of the court believed that compulsory exclusion of large groups of citizens from their homes was okay in what situation?

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5. Who determined that the military authorities had the power to segregate all citizens of Japanese descent from the West Coast?

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6. What did the dissenting justices think about the power of military authorities?

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7. The dissenting opinion raises the fact that Japanese Americans were being deprived of what rights?

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8. One argument that the dissenting justices make is that you cannot conclude an entire...
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