February 19, 2004

February 19

In 1942, President Franklin Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066. As a result, some 110,000 Japanese-Americans in coastal Pacific areas were placed in concentration camps. Two-thirds of these people were U.S. citizens. Approximately $400 million in property was lost by them as they were sent to camps in Arizona, Arkansas, inland California, Colorado, Idaho, Utah, and Wyoming. They were released almost three years later on January 2, 1945.

Posted by Jennifer at February 19, 2004 08:25 AM


I have a good friend whose parents were caught up in this internment. He has not forgotten it.

We should never forget that we need to protect our civil liberties most during times of war.

Posted by: Jack at February 20, 2004 12:44 AM