What is the Story About the Japanese American Incarceration?
In the aftermath of Pearl Harbor, on February 19, 1942, President Franklin Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, which directed the military to designate areas from which individuals could be removed. Under this directive, the government singled out an entire group of Americans, two-thirds citizens, based solely on their race.
Japanese Americans in the West Coast states of California, Washington, and Oregon, approximately 120,000 men, women, and children, were forcibly sent to one of ten permanent concentration camps located in remote and desolate areas of America’s interior. All this was accomplished without the basic protections guaranteed by law.