Education

Schools were quickly organized in the concentration camps, but they suffered from crude facilities and lack of teaching materials. Instruction was given for nursery through high school, and adult education was offered. Trained teachers were in short supply, however, and uncertified Japanese Americans with college degrees often filled in. The War Relocation Authority (WRA) deliberately emphasized Americanization in the education program. Some found it painfully ironic to watch incarcerated youth recite the Pledge of Allegiance.

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Pacific Citizen, Vol. 85, No. 23 (December 2, 1977) (ddr-pc-49-47)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 85, No. 23 (December 2, 1977) (ddr-pc-49-47)
Selected article titles: "Supreme Court Refuses Appeal from Young-Chin" (p.1), "Nisei Growers/Pickers in Wage Row" (p.1, 5), "Schools Built by Evacuees at Poston I and II to Be Razed" (p.1), "When Sachio Left Town, Even the Cows Were Blue" (p.3), "Anti-Minority Backlash" (p.4).
Class photo (ddr-fom-1-510)
img Class photo (ddr-fom-1-510)
Photograph used for a school annual.
High school formal dinner (ddr-fom-1-474)
img High school formal dinner (ddr-fom-1-474)
Perhaps a graduation ceremony. Photograph used for a school annual.
High school formal dinner (ddr-fom-1-476)
img High school formal dinner (ddr-fom-1-476)
Perhaps a graduation ceremony. Photograph used for a school annual.
Welding class (ddr-fom-1-902)
img Welding class (ddr-fom-1-902)
WRA caption on reverse: "Members of adult education welding class using portable outfit."
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