Social Studies - 2018-19
VUS.11f - Treatment of Prisoners + Internment Camps
The student will apply social science skills to understand World War II by
f) evaluating and explaining the treatment of prisoners of war and civilians by the Allied and Axis powers.
UNDERSTANDING THE STANDARD
The savagery of war and indecencies against humanity were prevalent during World War II.
Prisoners of war
The Geneva Convention established international rules concerning the humane treatment of prisoners of war.
The treatment of prisoners of war in Europe more closely followed the agreements of the Geneva Convention.
The treatment of prisoners of war in the Pacific often reflected the savagery of fighting as displayed in the Bataan Death March.
Treatment of Japanese American civilians
Japanese Americans were relocated to internment camps as a result of strong anti-Japanese prejudice and the fear that Japanese Americans were aiding the enemy.
The Supreme Court upheld the government’s right to act against Japanese Americans living on the West Coast of the United States.
The Civil Liberties Act of 1988 was signed into law to provide a presidential apology and symbolic payment to the internees, evacuees, and persons of Japanese ancestry who lost liberty or property because of discriminatory action by the federal government during World War II.
Terms & Events
“Date that will live in Infamy”
Defeat Hitler First
“Miracle of Midway”
Bataan Death March
Selective Service (draft)
Minorities: Women, African Americans, Japanese Americans
Rosie the Riveter
Navajo (Signal Corps)
POWsHolocaust victims: Jews, Poles, Slavs ,Gypsies, “Undesirables,”
including homosexuals, mentally ill and political dissidents)
Japanese targets: Philippines, Indonesia, Australia and Hawaii
Bermuda and Caribbean
Battle of Britain
Theaters of War: North Africa, Europe and Pacific
Jewish homeland (creation of Israel)
Post WWII EuropeDivision of Germany and Berlin