Korematsu vs. US (1944)
Racial Profiling and Citizens' Rights
Korematsu vs US is a landmark United States Supreme Court decision that stated the wartime internment of American citizens of Japanese descent was constitutional. (PBS)
- PBS.org Background on the landmark case, including court ruling summary
- Clara Breed Collection The online collection of Clara Breed, or "Miss Breed" as she was known by her young library patrons, includes over 300 letters and cards received by Breed from Japanese American children and young adults during their World War II incarceration.
- Stanley Hayami Diary A student from Los Angeles who attended high school at the Heart Mountain Concentration Camp in Wyoming. He kept a diary from 1941 to 1944, records a spectrum of youthful dreams of becoming an artist-writer and doubts ranging from the quality of his schoolwork to the meaning of democracy. The diary also includes pen and ink drawings by Hayami.
- Jack Iwata Photo Collection includes 167 photographs and copy negatives taken at Manzanar and Tule Lake concentration camps between 1942 and 1945.
- Digital Public Library of America Offers more primary sources of paintings, posters, and written documents relating to Japanese Americans during WWII.
- National Archives Offers several articles related to Japanese Americans lives during WWII, including personal accounts
- Library of Congress Additional photography by Ansel Adams during his visit at Manzanar, relating the life of Japanese Americans during WWII
- UCLA Newsroom Article about Japanese resistance within US internment camps through personal accounts of incarceration.
- Densho Encyclopedia Offers a wealth of information on individual accounts of Japanese Americans lives who were affected by racial profiling and citizen’s rights during WWII.