Overview

On December 7, 1941, Japan bombed Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Roundup photoThe following day, the US declared war on Japan. Despite the government’s own evidence that Japanese Americans posed no military threat, President Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, authorizing the removal …

Pre-War Discrimination

The incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II was the culmination of a history of racial discrimination against Asians begun in the mid-1800s, when the Chinese first immigrated to the U.S.Like the Chinese, the Japanese had been welcomed at …