Internment of Japanese Americans

Japanese Americans arrive by train to await internment processing in California

Japanese Americans arrive by train to await internment processing in California

The internment of Japanese Americans in the United States during World War II was the forced relocation and incarceration in camps in the western interior of the country of between 110,000 and 120,000 people of Japanese ancestry, most of whom lived on the Pacific coast. Sixty-two percent of the internees were United States citizens. These actions were ordered by President Franklin D. Roosevelt shortly after Imperial Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor. Wikipedia

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In 1942 President Roosevelt gives executive order to remove Japanese Americans from Pacific CoastIn 1942 President Roosevelt gives executive order to remove Japanese Americans from Pacific Coast Sat, Feb 7, 1942 – 6 · The Los Angeles Times (Los Angeles, California) · Newspapers.comCalifornia governor opposes relocation of Japanese Americans but says they must help defeat JapanCalifornia governor opposes relocation of Japanese Americans but says they must help defeat Japan Sat, Feb 7, 1942 – 6 · The Los Angeles Times (Los Angeles, California) · Newspapers.comJapanese American Citizens League aids in Japanese American Japanese American Citizens League aids in Japanese American "exodus" from Pacific Coast Sun, Mar 1, 1942 – Page 9 · Arizona Republic (Phoenix, Arizona) · Newspapers.comPhoto of Japanese-owned fishing boats on Hawaiian Islands not in use after attacks on Pearl HarborPhoto of Japanese-owned fishing boats on Hawaiian Islands not in use after attacks on Pearl Harbor Sun, Mar 15, 1942 – 8 · Daily News (New York, New York) · Newspapers.comEffect of internment on Japanese-American-owned farms in CaliforniaEffect of internment on Japanese-American-owned farms in California Fri, Mar 27, 1942 – Page 1 · Santa Cruz Sentinel (Santa Cruz, California) · Newspapers.comJapanese Americans evacuated from Seattle own large portion of the businesses in the cityJapanese Americans evacuated from Seattle own large portion of the businesses in the city Sun, Mar 29, 1942 – 2 · Daily News (New York, New York) · Newspapers.comPhoto of an American store owner and employee of Japanese descent hanging sale noticePhoto of an American store owner and employee of Japanese descent hanging sale notice Sun, Mar 29, 1942 – 2 · Daily News (New York, New York) · Newspapers.comDebate: Debate: "Should Japanese Americans be returned to normal civilian life?" Fri, Sep 11, 1942 – Page 16 · Santa Ana Register (Santa Ana, California) · Newspapers.comAn experience of American soldiers of Japanese descent after Pearl HarborAn experience of American soldiers of Japanese descent after Pearl Harbor Wed, Dec 23, 1942 – 1 · Honolulu Star-Bulletin (Honolulu, Hawaii) · Newspapers.comDebate: Debate: "Is Internment of Japanese Americans Constitutional?" Mon, Jun 14, 1943 – 4 · The Central New Jersey Home News (New Brunswick, New Jersey) · Newspapers.comThousands of Japanese Americans in Utah internment camp wait to be hired on farms or factoriesThousands of Japanese Americans in Utah internment camp wait to be hired on farms or factories Thu, Sep 9, 1943 – 6 · Millard County Chronicle Progress (Delta, Utah) · Newspapers.comWriter argues that Japanese Americans' problem is Writer argues that Japanese Americans' problem is "one of color and race" Sat, Jan 1, 1944 – Page 2 · The Pittsburgh Courier (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) · Newspapers.comOpinion: Japanese Americans are loyal to the United StatesOpinion: Japanese Americans are loyal to the United States Sun, Jan 23, 1944 – Page 4 · The Des Moines Register (Des Moines, Iowa) · Newspapers.comRemoval of Pacific Japanese Americans to internment camps viewed as Removal of Pacific Japanese Americans to internment camps viewed as "blot on democracy" Sun, Oct 1, 1944 – 9 · The Honolulu Advertiser (Honolulu, Hawaii) · Newspapers.comExperiences of Japanese Americans who relocated to St. Louis, MissouriExperiences of Japanese Americans who relocated to St. Louis, Missouri Mon, Jul 23, 1945 – Page 17 · St. Louis Post-Dispatch (St. Louis, Missouri) · Newspapers.comJapanese Americans find Japanese Americans find "West Coast friendlier than year ago" but still face problems Fri, Feb 22, 1946 – 11 · The Owensboro Messenger (Owensboro, Kentucky) · Newspapers.com30 years after WWII, Congress first attempts to acknowledge injustices towards Japanese Americans30 years after WWII, Congress first attempts to acknowledge injustices towards Japanese Americans Sun, Mar 23, 1980 – 95 · The Los Angeles Times (Los Angeles, California) · Newspapers.comAmerican Legion opposes proposed funds given to Japanese Americans held in internment campsAmerican Legion opposes proposed funds given to Japanese Americans held in internment camps Sat, Aug 6, 1988 – 2 · The Sentinel (Carlisle, Pennsylvania) · Newspapers.comRonald Reagan signs Civil Liberties Act formally apologizing and compensating Japanese AmericansRonald Reagan signs Civil Liberties Act formally apologizing and compensating Japanese Americans Tue, Sep 20, 1988 – Page 8 · The Philadelphia Inquirer (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) · Newspapers.com
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