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Students will discuss the value of citizenship.
It is important for students to understand citizenship laws so that they understand that Nazi Germany took away the citizenship of the Jews as well as many other groups. In American History, citizenship has also been taken from several groups at different times in history.
Define citizenship. Discuss Constitutional Amendments dealing with citizenship. Discuss breaches of citizenship laws in American history.
See preface material from 'Anne Frank in the World, 1929 - 1945 Teacher Workbook.'
Have students write an essay about citizenship.
Questions to be answered in the essay:
Have students discuss why Native-Americans were not considered citizens? Have students research Jim Crow laws and write an essay explaining the 14th Amendment and how the Jim Crow laws contradicted the 14th Amendment. Have students study the interment of the Japanese-Americans during World War II and compare their treatment with that of the Jews and other groups in Nazi Germany, who were interred and later exterminated. How did the United States justify the Japanese-Americans interment under the Constitution?