A photograph of the Mochida family in California as they wait to be relocated during Japanese internment, 1942.
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Japanese American WWII Incarceration: The Core Story

FDR cited military necessity as the basis for incarcerating 120,000 Japanese Americans.
After the bombing of Pearl Harbor, President Franklin Roosevelt cited military necessity as the basis for incarcerating 120,000 Japanese Americans—adults and children, immigrants and citizens alike. Decades later, a congressional commission found the justification of military necessity to be false. Click through the links below to learn the true reasons for this unprecedented denial of civil liberties and why it still matters today.
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