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A More Perfect Union: Japanese Americans and the U.S. Constitution

tells the story that began during World War II, when nearly 120,000 Japanese Americans were forced from their homes into detention camps established by the U.S. government. Many spent three years living under armed guard, behind barbed wire. (Smithsonian Institution)

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Interesting Fact:

On February 19, 1942, President Franklin Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066 authorizing military authorities to exclude "any and all persons" from designated areas of the country as necessary for national defense. E.O. 9066 was the first step in a program that uprooted Americans of Japanese ancestry from their West Coast communities and placed them under armed guard for up to four years.
Woman pointing to sign displayed above porch that says, 'Japs Keep Moving - This is a White Man's Neighborhood.'

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