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Korematsu and Civil Liberties
This documentary explores the landmark case Korematsu v. U.S. (1944) concerning the constitutionality of presidential executive order 9066 during World War II that gave the U.S. military the power to ban thousands of American citizens of Japanese ancestry from areas considered important to national security.
(27 min)

Note: In the Supreme Court’s June 26, 2018, decision on Trump v. Hawaii upholding the President’s travel ban, Chief Justice John G.
Roberts Jr. took the opportunity to revisit the Korematsu case and finally overturn the 1944 ruling. Regarding Korematsu, he wrote in the
majority opinion: 

“The dissent’s reference to Korematsu … affords this Court the opportunity to make express what is already obvious: Korematsu was gravely wrong the day it was decided, has been overruled in the court of history, and ­– to be clear – ‘has no place in law under the Constitution.’ 323 U.S., at 248 (Jackson, J., dissenting).”

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