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They were All American


NATIONAL ARCHIVE

The War Years:

Incarceration

Incarceration of Persons of Japanese Ancestry

Following Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor, anti- Japanese sentiment reached a fevered pitch. Japanese who immigrated to America in search of economic opportunity as well as Americans of Japanese ancestry became victims of mass hysteria.

The U.S. government feared that these groups would betray America through sabotage or espionage. Despite the lack of any concrete evidence, Japanese Americans were suspected of remaining loyal to their ancestral land.

On February 19, 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt issued Executive Order 9066, which established two military zones: the west coast of America and the Territory of Hawaii.

The military governor of the west coast zone incarcerated 120,000 ethnic Japanese; almost two thirds of them were U.S. citizens of Japanese descent. They were forcibly removed to 10 camps far from population centers. Second generation Japanese Americans (Nisei), already in the U.S. Army, were discharged or reassigned.

Hawaii faced a more imminent danger of invasion, but the military governor there decided against mass incarceration. Advisors told him that 1,500 suspects were already apprehended; Hawaii needed Japanese Americans to maintain its economy.