Executive Order 9066, which was signed by President Roosevelt and led to the imprisonment of 120,000 people of Japanese ancestry during WWII in Japanese Internment Camps

The Executive Order is on display on the West Coast for the first time in 75 years.

On February 19, 1942, ten weeks after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066 and thereby granted Secretary of War Henry L. Stimson the authority to designate military zones from which “any and all persons may be excluded.”

Although the wording did not specify any ethnic or racial groups, the intent of the order was clear.

Executive Order 9066 was both a response to and inspired by widespread pro-war, anti-Japanese hysteria that was equally tinged with economic self-interest and racial discrimination.

This hysteria and the accompanying concentration-camp system persisted throughout the war despite the fact that not one incident of sabotage or espionage was conducted by Japanese Americans in the United States.

 

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