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The War Relocation Camps of World War II: When Fear Was Stronger than Justice

examines the causes and effects of President Franklin Roosevelt's executive order, signed two months after the attack on Pearl Harbor, that moved nearly 120,000 Japanese and Japanese Americans into relocation centers. An excerpt is provided from the executive order as well as headlines from newspapers, a 1942 notice of "instructions to all persons of Japanese ancestry," a description of life in the relocation centers, maps, and photos of a typical barracks room, mess hall, and more. (National Park Service, Teaching with Historic Places)

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Evacuees arriving at Manzanar in California, 1942. (National Archives and Records Administration, Clem Albers, photographer)

American evacuees

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