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In this section of "A More Perfect Union,'' an online exhibition from the Smithsonian s National Museum of American History, students will learn about the experience of Issei, the first generation of Japanese immigrants to the United States, through the use of artifacts from the Museum s collections, primary source documents, photographs, and oral histories. This section of the exhibition discusses how Japanese Immigrants to Hawaii and mainland United States faced severe racial prejudice and the restrictive laws in Hawaii and the U.S. that specifically limited the rights of Asian immigrants to own property and to become citizens. Also discussed are the challenges that later immigrants to both Hawaii and California faced as in the face of legalized racist attitudes and policies. "A More Perfect Union'' focuses on the experiences of Japanese Americans who were placed in internment camps during World War II.
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