Show Notes: Executive Order 9066, Part 2

Tracy Wilson

American troops supervise the movement of Japanese Americans from their homes on the American west coast to ten camps after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor during World War II. Photo by Hulton-Deutsch/Hulton-Deutsch Collection/Corbis via Getty Images

When all persons of Japanese ancestry, regardless of their citizenship, were ordered to leave the West Coast of the United States, most cooperated willingly, in part with the hope of proving their loyalty to the United States. However, over the course of the war, conditions deteriorated at the camps where they were held. Ultimately, the order and its forced removal were viewed as a gross miscarriage of justice and deeply unconstitutional. The bipartisan Commission on Wartime Relocation and Internment of Civilians unanimously found that an apology and reparations were warranted, leading to legislation signed by Ronald Reagan in 1988.

Although we did not mention them in the show, Dorothea Lange and Ansel Adams both photographed the camps and the people incarcerated there.

The play we mentioned is George Takei's "Allegiance," playing in theaters around the U.S. via Fathom Events on Feb. 19.

Our listener mail is from Sandy and is about iron lungs, following our podcast on Ed Roberts.

Episode link: Executive Order 9066 & Japanese Internments, Part 2

My research:

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