Notice of relocation for Persons of Japanese Ancestry, 1942
Executive Order 9066 – Japanese Internment in the United States
A little American girl of Japanese ancestry waits with the family baggage before being evacuated to the internment camps in the spring of 1942, California.After the attack on Pearl Harbor, Franklin D. Roosevelt ordered the incarceration of people of Japanese descent which 60 percent of the 120,000 were actually American Citizens.
Once Executive Order 9066 went into motion, it allowed regional military commanders to designate “military areas” from which “any or all persons may be excluded.”
Living conditions at the camp were barely acceptable, as there were no running water or kitchen to cook food. The victims usually had tar-paper covered barracks to stay in too. Luckily, even though living conditions weren’t exactly up to par, minimal people died from the lack of nutrition, health care, and safety. a Fair amount of the prisoners were in internment camps from 1942 all the way to 1946.
The government would not accept responsibility about this for the longest time until 1988 and passed the Civil Liberties Act of 1988 that acknowledged that a “grave injustice was done.” The government also promised to repay Japanese Americans for the losses they suffered. Today, the Japanese American community is still working to make sure that all those who were forced to leave their homes are compensated.
Food for thought;
Wonder what exactly was going through that little girls mind in this photo. She surely didn’t know she was about to become a prisoner.