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Japanese American Incarceration: Records of the War Relocation Authority, 1942-1946

Japanese American Incarceration: Records of the War Relocation Authority, 1942-1946‚Äč  (Module 52)

Following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and the U.S. entry into World War II in December 1941, the Roosevelt administration decided that for reasons of “military necessity,” the government would evacuate all persons of Japanese heritage from the West Coast states. The Records of the War Relocation Authority document the day-today running of the 10 relocation camps from 1942-1946. The collection is organized by relocation center. Records include reports and correspondence on issues such as security, education, health, vocational training, agriculture, food, and family welfare.