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Korematsu vs. United States

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Korematsu vs. United States

  1. 1. Korematsu v. United States By: Audrey Gunn, Michaela Lee and Steven Carver "As long as my record stands in federal court, any American citizen can be held in prison or concentration camps without trial or hearing. I would like to see the government admit they were wrong and do something about it, so this will never happen again to any American citizen of any race, creed, or color." — Fred Korematsu (1983), on his decision to again challenge his conviction 40 years later  
  2. 2. Background Information: <ul><li>Japan Bombed Pearl Harbor </li></ul><ul><li>United States enters WWII </li></ul><ul><li>U.S. orders all Americans of Japanese descent that are living in west coast “Military Zones” to move to internment camps </li></ul>
  3. 3. The Case: <ul><li>Fred Korematsu felt that this was wrong, he refused to leave his California home </li></ul><ul><li>The case eventually made it to the supreme court </li></ul><ul><li>Korematsu argued that the order took away constitutional rights of Japanese Americans </li></ul><ul><li>The U.S. said they had to protect against spies </li></ul>
  4. 4. The Decision: <ul><li>The vote was 6-3 in favor of the U.S. </li></ul><ul><li>1 judge concurred and 3 dissented </li></ul>
  5. 5. The Lasting Impact: <ul><li>The Japanese internment camps are now a permanent blemish in America’s history </li></ul><ul><li>Hopefully this case will keep an event such as this from ever happening again </li></ul>
  6. 6. Political Cartoon <ul><li>Why did Korematsu refuse to obey the evacuation order? </li></ul><ul><li>Do you think the cartoon sides with the government or Korematsu? Why? </li></ul>
  7. 7. Works Cited: <ul><li>The Oyez Project, Korematsu v. United States , 323 U.S. 214 (1944) available at: ( http://oyez.org/cases/1940-1949/1944/1944_22 ) </li></ul>