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As a result of the December 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor, President Franklin D. Roosevelt issued on February 19, 142 a petition known as Executive Order 9066 that required the removal of 120,000 Japanese Americans who were deemed as threats to national security. To ensure they would not attack the U.S. again as they had to Pearl Harbor, they were forced to relocate and sanctioned to what are known as internment camps.
This exhibit works to provide insight as to the experiences of internment many Japanese Americans had at an international, national, local and personal level. Beginning with an examination of the internal history of fear and discrimination directed at Japanese people. This is important background that helps to understand why civil liberties were swept aside with disregard to public opposition. It is equally as important to understand the exploration of politics and foreign relations between Japan and the United States as the world was on the verge of war.
Within this exhibit, can be found information on the history of anti-Japanese sentiment, the war in the Pacific, local experiences of internment in Washington State; with personal stories from Tom Haji who was a Japanese American who had enlisted in the United States Army and fought with the 442nd regiment and an analyzed account of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Executive Order 9066.