A More Perfect Union Opens at NMAH

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"A More Perfect Union: Japanese Americans and the United States Constitution" opens at the National Museum of American History. The exhibition is designed to focus attention on the Bicentennial of the Constitution and explores a period when racial prejudice and fear upset the balance between the rights of citizens and the power of the state and led to the internment of some 120,000 Japanese Americans for much of World War II. The exhibition also includes a section on the men in the 100th Battalion/ 442nd Regimental Combat Team, an all-Japanese American unit of the United States Army.


  • National Museum of American History (U.S.) (NMAH)
  • United States. Army
  • United States Constitution
  • More Perfect Union: Japanese-Americans and the U.S. Constitution (Exhibition) (1987: Washington, D.C.)


Chronology of Smithsonian History


Smithsonian Year 1987. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1988, p. 128.

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Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520, SIHistory@si.edu


October 1, 1987


  • Openings
  • Controversies
  • Evacuation and relocation, 1942-1945
  • Exhibitions
  • Public opinion
  • Japanese Americans--Evacuation and relocation, 1942-1945

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