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Pearl Harbor was bombed on December 7th, 1941 by the Japanese and was the event that brought the U.S. into WWII.
On February 19, 1942 Franklin Roosevelt gave a speech and then put the Executive Order 9066 into action. It called Japanese Americans enemy aliens and called for their immediate removal from the West.
People of 1/16 Japanese descent or higher were given a week's notice before they were to be relocated into internment camps. Very few of their fellow Americans protested this.
There were 110,000 Japanese people put into ten different internment camps for around three years. The camps were overcrowded and ill-equipped.
The United States ended the war with Japan when they dropped the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki on August 6 and 9 of 1945. Once Japan had surrendered, there was no need for Japanese internment camps.
When the Japanese returned home they didn't have much money or their belongings before being relocated to the camps. Getting back to where they were before the war was a challenge. Eventually, President Ronald Reagan signed the Civil Liberties Act in 1988 which gave money to anyone still alive who had been in an internment camp during WWII.
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