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WW II Horrors of War - Japanese Relocation Camps  

After Japan’s surprise attack on Pearl Harbor, public sentiment against the Japanese was high.  On February 19, 1942, President Roosevelt signed an Executive Order that led to the “evacuation” of about 120,000 Japanese-Americans, 2/3 of them U.S. citizens, from the West Coast to inland “relocation camps.”  They found barracks-style housing, limited food, guard towers, and barbed wire.  Despite this treatment, thousands of Japanese-American men enlisted for military service during WWII.  The “relocation camps” started closing in 1944, but it was not until years later that the U.S. government apologized for this miscarriage of justice and made reparation payments.