FDR’S Executive Order 9066 – February 19, 1942

71 years ago

After the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, on Dec. 7, 1941, many people in the government viewed people of Japanese descent as potentially dangerous and disloyal. Consequently on February 19, 1942, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt issued Executive Order 9066 which eventually forced some 110,00 Japanese Americans living on the Pacific coast to be moved to ten relocation camps in remote areas of the country.

They were finally allowed to return to their homes on January 2, 1945.

The Library’s “Reading Room” at  http://readingroom.rrpl.org/ offers titles reviewed by library staff relating the stories of people who experienced life as a Japanese-American in an internment camp.


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