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Korematsu v. United States

Lecture no. 10 from the course: Liberty on Trial in America: Cases That Defined Freedom

Korematsu v. United States

Taught by Professor Douglas O. Linder | 30 min | Categories: The Great Courses Plus Online History Courses

In 1942, two months after Pearl Harbor, President Roosevelt signed an executive order requiring that all Japanese Americans move to “relocation camps” as a matter of national security. Fred Korematsu refused, was arrested for violating an “exclusion order,” and convicted. Learn how Korematsu carried his fight against what he thought was an “un-American” law all the way to the Supreme Court, and why the decision ultimately went against him. How did history and subsequent Courts treat this decision?