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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?

Answer:

Chief Justice Owen J. Roberts accused the Japanese Americans of helping Japan in the bombing of Pearl Harbor.

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

Answer:

He violated the law and did not leave his home when he was supposed to, because of Civilian Executive order No. 34.

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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?

Answer:

They believed that they would spy on America and sabotage our defenses.

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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?

Answer:

When our shores are in danger, or threatened by hostile forces we must do what is necessary to protect them.

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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?

Answer:

The Supreme Court

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6. What did the dissenting justices think about...