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Grolier Educational Releases CD-ROM on World War II Incarceration of Japanese Americans

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Grolier Educational Releases CD-ROM on World War II Incarceration of Japanese Americans

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Grolier Educational, a division of Grolier Publishing company, has announced the release of a CD-ROM relating to the incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II. The CD, Executive Order 9066: The Incarceration of Japanese Americans During World War II, draws upon the extraordinary resources of the Japanese American National Museum and was inspired by the museum's exhibition on the topic.

The CD-ROM contains over 30 minutes of rare archival footage drawn from the UCLA Hearst Metrotone Newsreel Collection, home movies shot by the prisoners themselves, hundreds of photographs, original documents, movie and sound clips, artwork, personal accounts, and historical essays. Easy-to-use interactive features include profiles, maps, and a chronology of Japanese-American history.

With this new CD-ROM, users can retrace the causes that led up to this important and hitherto ignored episode in 20th century American history. Users can deepen their knowledge and understanding of this complicated period by delving into any of the main topic areas:

Before the War: Life in the Japanese American community before World War II

Life Behind Bars: Everyday life and events within the camps

"Concentration Camps": An analysis of the language used to describe the incarcerations

Returning to America: Release from the camps back into mainstream America

Important facts about the mass removals and subsequent struggle of the Japanese-American community for redress are illuminated. …

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