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Densho: The Japanese American Legacy Project

Densho: The Japanese American Legacy Project

The purpose of Densho is (1) to preserve the personal testimonies of Japanese Americans who were incarcerated in U.S. internment camps during World War II, (2) to help people understand a particular episode in U.S. history, and (3) to use historical materials to explore principles of democracy, citizenship, tolerance, and justice. The website includes a collection of primary sources, readings, a timeline, a glossary of terms, and a bibliography. The primary sources include images, documents, and personal firsthand accounts in audio and video form as well as in text.  The website is organized into five sections: causes of incarceration, learning center, archive, other resources, and about Densho.  The Learning Center includes four units, each of which includes historical information and primary sources.  Three of the units also include lesson plans and teacher resources.


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