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Over 127,000 United States citizens were imprisoned during World War II. Their crime? Being of Japanese ancestry. In the event of a Japanese invasion of the American mainland, Japanese Americans were feared as a security risk.
President Roosevelt signed an executive order in February 1942 ordering the relocation of of all Americans of Japanese ancestry to concentration camps. The president sent all the Japanese to the nearest camp for about 3 years
Evacuation orders were posted in Japanese-American communities giving instructions on how to follow through with the executive order. Most families sold their homes, their stores, and most of their assets. They didn't know if when they came home they'd still find their homes and livelihoods because of the mad rush people had to sell properties.
Families dined together at communal mess halls, and children were expected to attend school. Students sat on floors or on rustic, carved wooden benches. A lucky few had family members who made chairs that they were able to carry with them to school. These makeshift classrooms were often overcrowded.
In the camp about 4 to 5 families lived in one camp house. Absolutely no privacy, no walls, they only had curtains to make their rooms. Whenever they got got food or go to the bathroom there would always be a long line.
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