Japanese Internment

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Newspaper Ousting Japanese

The front page headline of a newspaper in Oakland, CA, announces the government’s impending decision to relocate all citizens of Japanese ancestry.

Civilian Exclusion
Sign posted at First and Front streets, directing removal by April 7 of persons of Japanese ancestry from the first San Francisco section.

Store Closing

Sign on a store in Little Tokyo, 1942

Japanese Waiting for Bus

Residents of Japanese ancestry awaiting the bus at the Wartime Civil Control station in San Franscisco, 1942

Japanese Trains

Japanese near trains during Relocation

Little Boy on Platform

Japanese-American child who will go with his parents to Owens Valley

Civil control

Japanese residents at Civil Control station for registration, San Francisco


Santa Anita reception center, Los Angeles, California

Santa Anita

Santa Anita reception center, Los Angeles, California

FSA Mobile Camp

FSA (Farm Security Administration) mobile camp

Manzanar Family

Family, Manzanar Relocation Center

Family Kitchen

Family gathered around a small table in their living quarters

Nakai Family

Mitsu, Margaret, Jane and Roy Nakai and baby, Manzanar Relocation Center


Mealtime, cafeteria style, at Manzanar Relocation Center, Manzanar, California

Child play

Little evacuee playing in the desert sand at this War Relocation Authority center


Baseball game, Manzanar Relocation Center, Calif.

Takeno Newspaper

Roy Takeno reading paper in front of office

Sewing machine girls

This picture shows African American students arriving at school in Little Rock, Arkansas. These students were part of the “Little Rock Nine,” the first group of high school students to integrate Central High School.

Emergency Evacuation

Japanese-American camp, war emergency evacuation


Japanese-Americans taking down their flag in the evening

Japanese enlistment

Japanese enlistment

Japanese Oath

These young people swear their loyalty to the U.S.


Even second generation citizens who had served in the military had their loyalty questioned and were relocated

Japanese American volunteers

Japanese-American volunteers

Manzanar volleyball

Japanese American women playing volleyball

Young men coop

Two young men in co-op goods store

Education Week

Education week sign

School children

School children, Manzanar Relocation Center, California

Sunday school

Children at Sunday school class

Japanese Inoculated

Evacuees of Japanese descent being inoculated as they registered for evacuation

Japanese church

Members of the Japanese Independent congregational church attending Easter services prior to evacuation




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