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Important Vocabulary (•)

As you read the background summary of the Korematsu case, look for the important vocabulary words that are italicized.  When you come to one of those terms, look at this page for its definition.  Then, check to see if you understand the definition by either sketching a picture of what you think it means, or by putting it in your own words.  Feel free to add terms from the reading that you would like to practice.

  • espionage
    Definition: the practice of spying or using spies to obtain information about the plans and activities especially of a foreign government or a competing company
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  • descent
    Definition: derivation from an ancestor (birth, lineage)
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  • executive order
    Definition: Executive orders are official documents, numbered consecutively, through which the President of the United States manages the operations of the Federal Government.  (from NARA website)
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  • curfew
    Definition: a regulation requiring the withdrawal of specified persons from the streets; the closing of business establishments or places of assembly at a stated hour 
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  • internment (to intern)
    Definition: to confine or impound especially during a war
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  • inherit (inheritable)
    Definition:  to receive from an ancestor as a right or title
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