Thursday, February 19, 2009

A Look Back in History - Japanese-American Internment Camps

67 years ago on this day, Franklin D. Roosevelt signed into effect a law that was used to justify the internment of thousands of Japanese-Americans. East Asian immigrants had faced discrimination since they first began streaming into California in the late 19th century, but in the wake of Pearl Harbor, anti-Japanese sentiment skyrocketed. People of Japanese descent were excluded entirely from the West Coast, and were forced into "War Relocation Camps."

The National Trust for Historic Preservation has preserved a number of sites connected to this period, including abandoned Japanese homes and stores, as well as the internment camps themselves. Read more here.

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